Specifically, birds like Sydney Swans, Hawthorn Hawks, West Coast Eagles, Collingwood Magpies, Adelaide Crows and war machinery like Essendon Bombers.
They also like felines like Brisbane Lions, Richmond Tigers and Geelong Cats.
Oddly for an Australian game, the AFL only has one uniquely Australian animal as a moniker, the North Melbourne Kangaroos.
It has four slightly abstract names in Port Power, Gold Coast Suns, Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers.
Religion is not forgotten either, with Melbourne Demons and St Kilda Saints appealing to two different kinds of flocks. Ironically, the Saints represent an area of Melbourne traditionally thought of as being inhabited by sinners (prostitutes and drug dealers) while the Demons represent the MCC members, who would consider themselves saints (at least publicly.)
These are known as potato scallops or scallops in north-eastern Australia, potato cakes in south-eastern Australia, and potato fritters in South Australia.
Potato scallops, potato cakes, potato fritters
The terms for the fried potato snack show a divide between the southern states, with potato cake favoured in Victoria and southern New South Wales, changing to scallop or potato scallop in New South Wales through to Queensland. South Australians maintain some individuality with the term potato fritter.
Bathers, swimmers, cozzies, togs
Bathers is used frequently in the southern regions and Western Australia, with togs used less frequently. Swimmers and cozzies are used in New South Wales, and togs is prominent in Queensland.
Slippery dip, slippery slide, slide
The common piece of play equipment was mostly known as a slippery dip in NSW and South Australia, and slide in Victoria and WA. Around the border of NSW and Victoria the term slippery slide was used, which is also the term used in Queensland.
Garbage bin, rubbish bin, dust bin
In all regions, the word bin is used on its own, but there are clear regional distinctions between garbage bin and rubbish bin.
Devon, fritz, strasburg, German sausage
This processed lunch meat was one of the most diversely named when the survey was carried out. This is apparently due in some part to the older, German-sounding names falling out of use from the first and second world war onwards and being replaced with more English-sounding names. The number of names for this meat has probably decreased more recently as production has become less localised
The Australia-wide term is suitcase or case, but the term port is still used in Queensland and parts of NSW.
Bubbler, drinking fountain, tap
Bubbler is the most common term in NSW for this water-dispensing apparatus. Other areas prefer drinking fountain or tap.
Above: A very fine example of a hardworking Aussie BBQ, somewhere in the donga I would suspect.
The word “barbecue” comes from the Caribbean word “barbacoa.” Originally, a barbacoa wasn’t a way of cooking food, but the name of a wooden structure used by Taino Indians to smoke their food. It’s likely that the first barbecue consisted of some sort of fish, creatures from the sea obviously being plentiful in the Caribbean.
Besides used for cooking, the structure of sticks could also be used as an area for sleeping, storage, and shelter.
Spanish explorers took the word barbacoa back to Spain, where it appeared in print for the first time in 1526. For a while, barbacoa still referred to the structure that food was cooked in, but after a while people started using it to refer to the process of cooking food.
The first known instance of barbecue appearing in English print was in A New Voyage Round the World by Englishman, Captain William Dampier, (who landed in what is now known as Western Australia) in the 17th Century.
By 1733, “barbecue” had started to mean a social gathering during which meat was grilled, as evidenced in B. Lynde’s diary that year: “Fair and hot; Browne, barbacue; hack overset.”
About two decades later, in 1755, the word “barbecue” was entered into Samuel Johnson’s The Dictionary of the English Language.
The entry reads:
“to ba’rbecue. A term used in the West-Indies for dressing a hog whole; which, being split to the backbone, is laid flat upon a large gridiron, raised about two foot above a charcoal fire, with which it is surrounded”.
Today, there are just as many spellings for barbecue as there are meanings for the term. Many people use barbeque, BBQ, Bar-B-Que, and other variations thereof. That said, the “official” spelling is generally considered to be “barbecue” with a “c”, similar to the original.
While people may debate over what should be the correct spelling or what exactly constitutes barbecue, there is one thing we can all agree on: a barbecue is definitely no longer a shelter or a sleeping structure!