To all non UK-ers

by Simon 22 Replies latest jw friends

  • Simon

    Enjoy your day at work !

    We have a bank-holiday today so we're all off to bask in the sunshine (taking umbrella's naturally) and sit in traffic jams.

  • Prisca


    Here in Oz, only people who actually work in the banking industry can take the day off on Bank Holidays. Everyone else has to work

  • refiners fire
    refiners fire

    unless your a bludger (do they use that term in England ?) like me of course. I drag my butt out of bed to work a whole three days a week. The rest of the time I stalk posters here. Its a hard life I tell ya.

  • ozziepost

    Isn't "bank holiday" an oxymoron?

    (Ozzie ducks missiles.)

    Cheers, Ozzie

  • Prisca
    The rest of the time I stalk posters here.

    Now that you mention that, can you please get your van off my front yard and park it somewhere else? The lawn is dying off, and the neighbours are starting to complain about the flood lights you installed to look into my bathroom window with. Can't you use a telescopic lens camera just like all the other stalkers???

  • expatbrit

    Ok I'll fess up and show my cultural ignorance. What is a bludger? How can I get one?

    Expatbrit, hanging on till next week's loooong weekend

  • alliwannadoislive

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  • Englishman

    The rest of the time I stalk posters here.

    Refiners Fire admits to stalking!

    Just giving a little help in headline management.


  • RubyTuesday

    Thanks Simon.. for rubbing it in!! We get our three day week-end next weekend.Do you Uk-ers celebrate Labor Day??

  • Crystal



    This word is a form of bludgeoner. A bludgeoner (not surprisingly) was a person who carried a bludgeon `a short stout stick or club'. It appears in a mid-nineteenth century English slang dictionary as a term for `a low thief, who does not hesitate to use violence'.

    By the end of the nineteenth century it is in use in Australia, its meaning somewhat more specific. Crowe, in his Australian Slang Dictionary (1882), defines a bludger as `a thief who will use his bludgeon and lives on the gains of immoral women'. Crowe gives: `Bludgers, or Stick Lingers, plunderers in company with prostitutes'.

    Thus bludger came to mean `one who lives on the earnings of a prostitute'. It retained this meaning until the 1950s. Thus Dorothy Hewett in her play Bobbin Up (1959) writes: `But what about libel?' `There's a name for a man who lives off women!' `Can't you get pinched for calling a man a bludger?' But this meaning is now obsolete.

    From the early twentieth century it moved out to be a more general term of abuse, especially as applied to a person who appears to live off the efforts of others (as a pimp lives on the earnings of a prostitute).

    It was then used to refer to a person engaged in non-manual labour - a white-collar worker. This sense appears as early as 1910, but its typical use is represented by this passage from D. Whitington's Treasure Upon Earth (1957): ` "Bludgers" he dubbed them early, because in his language anyone who did not work with his hands at a laboring job was a bludger'.

    And so it came to mean `an idler, one who makes little effort'. In the war newspaper Ack Ack News in 1942 we find: `Who said our sappers are bludgers?' By 1950, it could be used of animals which didn't perform up to standard. J. Cleary in Just let me be writes: `Everything I backed ran like a no-hoper. Four certs I had, and the bludgers were so far back the ambulance nearly had to bring `em home'.

    And thence to `a person who does not make a fair contribution to a cost, enterprise etc.; a cadger'. D. Niland writes in The Shiralee (1955): `Put the nips into me for tea and sugar and tobacco in his usual style. The biggest bludger in the country'. In 1971 J. O'Grady writes: `When it comes to your turn, return the "shout". Otherwise the word will spread that you are a "bludger", and there is no worse thing to be'.

    The term dole bludger (i.e. `one who exploits the system of unemployment benefits by avoiding gainful employment') made its first appearance in 1976, in the Bulletin: `A genuine dole bludger, a particularly literate young man ... explained that he wasn't bothering to look for work any more because he was sick and tired of being treated like a chattel'. From the following year we have a citation indicating a reaction to the use of the term: Cattleman (Rockhampton) `Young people are being forced from their country homes because of a lack of work opportunities and the only response from these so-called political protectors is to label them as dole bludgers'.

    Throughout the history of the word, most bludgers appear to have been male. The term bludgeress made a brief appearance in the first decade of this century - `Latterly, bludgers, so the police say, are marrying bludgeresses' - but it was shortlived.

    For more information on the word bludger consult The Australian National Dictionary.

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