Friday, 7 December 2007

Word of the day

The word of the day is ute, taken from the Oxford Australia Word of the Month for December, which is ute muster. This service provides Australian neologisms as an RSS feed, I imagine as a means of promoting the Oxford Australian Dictionary - the fact that its author is the marketing and product coordinator indicates this. The term is defined as "a gathering of utility trucks for display and competition."

Ute is one of my favourite words because it is a term we do not share with the US, and I can use it to indicate my nationality. This also applies to dog in a ute days, like the famous event in Corrigin in 2002 which broke the world dog in a ute record, and the uniquely Australian ute dog tie (just browse the site), and other ute lore.

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