Friday, April 06, 2012


Admittedly the tram trip was a little slow. I was sitting opposite R who was facing forward. Behind me were five school girls, all dressed in de rigueur frayed cut off denim shorts. I gazed contentedly out the window at our big brown river as the tram crossed Princes Bridge. Between the Arts Centre and Little Collins Street I counted nineteen excited "oh my god"s sprinkled liberally into their private school girl chat. They will go on to be or marry influential people who will preside over we commoners.

I wonder what the girls would say if they saw a bad car crash happen in front of their eyes. OMG just wouldn't cut it.


  1. Hello Andrew:
    In the United Kingdom too! The OMGs are more plentiful than confetti at a wedding. We deplore it but are powerless!!

  2. I sat in an outdoor coffee shop on Thursday, next to 3 young women in their early 20s. They were well dressed and well spoken, but every 5th word was "like".

    After 6.834 mins, I picked up my espresso and moved to a distant table :(

  3. JayLa, I think it came from American television shows. Both our countries are victims.

    Hels, indeed there were plenty of like in the chatter too. Like has been around for so long, like from Effie's days on tv in the nineties. I listen to private school boy chat with a vague interest. Private school girls LOUD chat is tedious and I too have been known to move tables or public transport seats.

  4. I believe if they saw something terrible happen, they would still be saying "oh my god".
    As lame as they sound in groups I like to thing these are girls of substance behind closed doors.

  5. Sadly, if this generation had not progressed to, like, well, Americanisms, they might still be expressing surprise with Australianisms, like, well, Strewth!, or Strike! or - God Forbid - Crikey!
    These are expressions I can easily ignore, but I agree there ought to be enough variation to allow for different situations which demand a different emotional response.

    I'm more inclined to take up my cup and walk when I hear expressions of anger, or contempt for/ indifference to the plight of others.

  6. OMG, isn't that irritating! :)

    Some people cannot complete a sentence without a 'you know' or two. The NRL coach Des Hasler is particularly afflicted. I once stopped counting when he passed 50 'you knows' in a short post match interview.

  7. O.M.G. hahah couldn't resit :)

  8. I hear lots of similar stuff when groups of schoolgirls swarm into the shop after school.

  9. I expect they will be successful Rubye. They start with a big advantage.

    FC, strike is one I had forgotten. Like swearing, I thing the worst are best saved for serious occasions.

    Victor, I used to a 'you know'. It was hard to follow what he was saying because I would get distracted by the you know, you know.

    And you weren't the first IWBY.

    River, that would be when security go into overdrive I suppose.

  10. This time, in my favourite espresso bar, I took a pen and serviette and wrote down what the young lovely said:

    "I got up like early this morning because like we have to go to like a sunday lunch. My boyfriend wanted to bring like a bottle of wine but I like thought that a cake would be like (pause).. like more generous".

  11. I suppose they grow out of it Hels. I hope so.