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ˈstraɪn is a term coined
in 1964 and subsequently used to describe a broad accent of Australian English
Australian English is the name given to the group of dialects spoken in Australia that form a major variety of the English language....
. The term is a syncope, derived from a shortened phonetic rendition of the pronunciation of the word "Australian" in an exaggerated Broad Australian accent, drawing upon the tendency of this accent to run words together in a form of liaison.
It was the subject of humorous columns published in the Sydney Morning Herald
from the mid 1960s. Alastair Ardoch Morrison, under the Strine pseudonym
A pseudonym is a name that a person assumes for a particular purpose and that differs from his or her original orthonym...
of Afferbeck Lauder
Afferbeck Lauder was the pseudonym used by Alastair Ardoch Morrison , an Australian graphic artist and author who in the 1960s documented Strine in the song With Air Chew and a series of books beginning with Let Stalk Strine...
(a syncope for "Alphabetical Order"), wrote a song "With Air Chew" ("Without You") in 1965 followed by a series of books - Let Stalk Strine
(1965), Nose Tone Unturned
(1967), Fraffly Well Spoken
(1968) and Fraffly Suite
(1969). An example from one of the books: 'Eye-level arch play devoisters ...' ("I'll have a large plate of oysters").
In October 2009, Text Publishing Company, Melbourne
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. The Melbourne City Centre is the hub of the greater metropolitan area and the Census statistical division—of which "Melbourne" is the common name. As of June 2009, the greater...
re-published all four books in an omnibus edition.
The naturalist and TV presenter Steve Irwin
Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin , nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian television personality, wildlife expert, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame from the television series The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series which he co-hosted...
was once referred to as the person who "talked Strine like no other contemporary personality".
- 'With air chew' - Copyright registration copy of the song in the National Archives of Australia
The National Archives of Australia is a body established by the Government of Australia for the purpose of preserving Commonwealth Government records. It is an Executive Agency of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and reports to the Cabinet Secretary, Senator Joe Ludwig.The national...
- Some examples of Strine (includes audio files)