“Austria? Well, then. G’day mate! Let’s put another shrimp on the barbie!”

18Dec06

File under “Lessons Learned Painfully”: If you refer to a Slovenian fencer’s homeland — even accidentally — as “Slovakia”, she will run up and whip you hard across the buttocks with her foil, and then scold you, eyes flashing with anger.



8 Responses to ““Austria? Well, then. G’day mate! Let’s put another shrimp on the barbie!””

  1. 1 kitty

    sounds like you quite enjoyed that, Pet.

  2. It wasn’t the most terrible thing that’s ever happened to me, upon reflection.

  3. …she will run up and whip you hard across the buttocks with her foil, and then scold you, eyes flashing with anger.

    Oh, man. Promise?

  4. 4 Elizabeth

    My new Australian co-worker claims that no Aussies actually say “shrimp on the barbie.” The Australian term for “shrimp” is “prawn.”

  5. 5 the other Peter

    Plus I bet you were picturing her topless, if this is the same gal you’ve previously mentioned.

  6. 6 Ryan

    I’m Australian. And yes, we call them prawns. I don’t know where this whole shrimp on a barbie thing comes from.

  7. As always, Wikipedia answers that question. As usual, you have Paul Hogan to thank for ruining your image among the rest of the world.

  8. I know I get miffed when peple confuse my home country of Sweden with Switzerland, although I rarely carry a foil to whack people with.


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