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Afferbeck Lauder

Introduction by John Clarke

How’s your ebb tide?
Do you sign on the dotted lion?
Is your tea nature Orpheus Rocker?
Who is Charlie Charm Puck in ‘Waltzing Matilda’?

There was never any book about Australian speech like Strine or about posh British speech like Fraffly Well Spoken.

Here, collected in one volume, are Afferbeck Lauder’s groundbreaking studies of Australian speech, Let Stalk Strine and Nose Tone Unturned. Also included are Fraffly Well Spoken and Fraffly Suite, Lauder’s guides to the strangled dialect of the English upper class.

Reproduced with Al Terego’s original illustrations, these classic books are full of mare chick momence. They are essential reading for air fridge Strines and new Strines alike—indeed, for anyone interested in our wire flife. Tiger look and start torgon Strine!

Afferbeck Lauder
About the Author

Afferbeck Lauder was born in Mairlben. He was Professor of Strine Studies at the University of Sinny and a Fellow of the Yarnurdov Foundation, London.

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John Clarke
About the Introducer

John Clarke was born in New Zealand. He is one of Australia’s best-known and most loved faces on TV. A comedian, writer and actor, his appearances include the famous Fred Dagg character, ‘The Gillies Report’ and ‘The Games’. John’s books include A Dagg at My Table, The Howard Miracle and The 7.56 Report. His novel, The Tournament, was released...

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256 pp
Text publication date:
25 October 2010
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Praise for Afferbeck Lauder

‘A perennial source of linguistic delight. Lauder is in a class of his own.’

‘If there’s a funnier book than this, don’t read it. You’ll die laughing.’

‘Afferbeck Lauder and his illustrator, Al Terego, belong with Lennie Lower, Emile Mercier and very few others in the pantheon of Australian humorists. Whenever they’re out of print, the nation is a bleaker place. This publication has cheered me up considerably. Torque abed laugh.’

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‘In their own right, Professor Afferbeck Lauder’s quartet of satiric masterpieces remain remarkably accurate about the way spoken Australian tends to break sequences of words up in unusual ways, miss syllables in its hurry to get to the end and come up with sounds that the rest of the world finds incomprehensible. These books…are still great fun.’

Other editions ofStrine
  • Paperback
    ISBN: 9781921520853
    26 October 2009
  • Strine
    ISBN: 9781921922329
    26 April 2012