Only a week into 2020 and Anne Bradley of Manly is concerned that like the missing “L” from Austraya, the letter “T” is also in danger of being lost, if the onslaught of “twenny twenny” talk on TV and radio is any guide.
Happily, many “Ts” remain present and accounted for, as C8’s recent talk of correct tea time etiquette attests. While some questions remain, Barbara Ryan of Caringbah has a new tea dilemma: “I was given some Melbourne breakfast tea for Christmas. Am I allowed to drink this in Sydney?” Being a Sydney morning veteran, Granny is sure Sydney won’t mind.
Tom Cohen of Essendon makes an important distinction for “no-brainers” (C8): “The term makes absolute sense if you correctly apply it to the question, not the decision made. A no-brainer question is one where the correct answer is so obvious, you don’t need a brain to answer it.”
As C8 brains express admiration for the Auslan interpreters at the forefront of bushfire announcements, hopefully not too many are like Wendy Illingworth of Kiama, “so mesmerised watching the skill of the translators that they completely miss the important information in the press conference”. NAATI interpreter Gary Logan of Bardia is not. NAATI is the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters and Gary’s C8 missive is worthy of consideration: “One interprets the spoken language. A translator translates a written piece of work. Two different skill sets. Best not to confuse them. As for Auslan being economical in the choice of words, it must be understood that sign language does not interpret words by other words but by signed concepts. It may appear to be more economical but the meaning is always conveyed. In fact, no language, be it oral or sign, can be interpreted verbatim.”
Jack Dikian of Mosman “without taking anything away from the ABC’s coverage of the fires, wondered if they thought twice about dispatching their reporter Joanna Woodburn to the tiny north-east Victorian town of Smoko”. While on the ability of flies to survive bushfires (C8), Don Bain of Port Macquarie asks: “Might they be fireflies?”
But what to do in the heat? Movies, the beach or take some advice from Dorothy Price of Belrose: “When it gets very hot, the stinkbugs descend citrus trees and cluster on the trunks. This is a good time to spray the loathsome insects and get some satisfaction out of an otherwise stinking hot day.”
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