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Finding a scruff in your neck of the woods

“I’m pleased to advise that John Boddington’s scruff up the back’ (C8) who wasn’t listening has been found in Moss Vale. It was me,” says Greg Oehm. “He was my form master when I was in years 7 and 8. (Hi, Sir!) My wife says I haven’t changed and still don’t listen. And like John, I’ve gone on to find my share of auditory-challenged scruffs!”

Senior moment? Warwick Savage of Penrith says: “Just when you thought things couldn’t get any sillier. After a change of address, I got a new Seniors Health Card showing the change. My wife’s took longer because it was sent to the old address.”

“I call my dog Hamlet because his only decision is to pee or not to pee,” says Elizabeth Bliss of Bonnells Bay. At which one’s nose is in great indignation, no doubt.

Roger Lenehan of Eagle Heights (Qld) is another who thinks “too many Americanisms are creeping into Australian use (C8). The one that gets my goat is ‘Mom’. On our Community Facebook page, a post was made of some wallabies in a resident’s yard with the caption: ‘Mom and the kids having early morning breakfast’. I replied ‘Mom????’ and the person who made the post responded by explaining which wallaby was the ‘Mom’ and which ones were the joeys. Grrrr!” Frank Maundrell of Nundle adds: “I have been hearing ‘sidewalk’. In Australia, we have footpaths. And the old chestnut, ‘skedule’ has become so common I even hear it from ABC newsreaders. But not so often that I do not cringe every time.”

While we’re discussing the star-spangled vernacular, Kevin Bell of Repentance Creek [Suburb of the Week – Granny] and others are at pains to point out the origin of Fall: “In reference to Column 8’s patriotic issue with the shopfront using the term Fall instead of Autumn (C8), I think you will find that it is an old English term which the Americans have continued to use.”

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