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Language of the Outback

Family Tree Novel Series Language of the Outback

Adopting new words and terms helps better describe your Outback and how you lived it. Family Tree Novel readers are introduced to a variety of Australian, American, and Qweepie vernacular throughout the novel series. Choose to adopt or to adapt these terms in your Outback language.

Aborigine: the Australian people whose ancestors were indigenous to the continent before colonization

Aint: aunt

Aussie: Australian

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi: is a cheer or chant often performed at Australian sport events

Australia: flat, dry, country that is also a continent the size of the United States

Barbecue: both a cooking method and an apparatus, meat is cooked slowly over low, indirect heat and flavored by the smoking process. Also the title of the Dawson Springs’s annual homecoming event established in 1949.

Baccastix: name given by Driew to a tobacco stick used to hang tobacco plants from scaffolds and tobacco barns. Driew’s baccastix burns with a low level light, similar to a torch.

Barbie: barbecue grill for grilling food

Billa bing bong boom: falling head over heals

Billa bong: ponds created when a creek or river waterway changes path, leaving the branch as a dead end

Bloody: very

Boomerang: a curved, flat piece of wood traditionally used by Australian Aborigines as a hunting weapon (Gulia also uses this as a term to mean “right back at you” or “come again” and to avoid saying something mean-spirited)

Blue: fight (“He was having a blue with his sister.”)

Bluey: pack, equipment, toe, also redhead

Boozer: heavy drinker of alcohol

Bother: male sibling referred to as brother

Bounce: a bully

Bourbon: a barrel-aged, distilled spirit made primarily from corn

Bushie: someone who lives in the bush

By jingo: an expression of assent or assurance

Caddywompus: non-derogatory word to describe functions or actions associated with uncharacteristic behaviors, socially or physically

Calaboose: jail

Candlestix: name given by Driew to a flaming wooden “stick” that burns with a low level light, similar to a torch

Cassowary: large flightless bird native to Australia, shy until provoked, what capabilities to inflict fatal injuries to dogs and people

Chrissie: Christmas

Cicada: an insect with wide-set eyes and membrane-like wings. Its loud, cryptic song is produced by dreamlike vibrations. It is divided into two species that live in Australia and around the world.

Colour: Australian English uses ‘our’ and American English ‘or’ spelling for the word color

Coydog: a wild, candid hybrid resulting from a coyote and a dog mating

Cricket: a bat and ball game with eleven players; the world’s second most popular sport

Crikey: in awe, amazed, astonished

Darwin: a capital city in Australia

Digger: a soldier

Dingo: free-range, wild dog introduced into Australia’s habitat

Doovalacky: used whenever a person cannot remember what something is called

Down Under: term comes from the fact that Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere

Estray: legal term, any domestic animal wandering ownerless

Extinction: the end of a species

Fella: also spelled fellow, feller, fullah, fulla, and balla, and is combined with adjectives or numerals, or is used to indicate plural pronouns. Examples: big fella business = ”important business;” one-feller girl = ”one girl;” sing out, big fella = ”call out loudly;” me fella = ”we” or ”us.”

Feral: became wild after escaping captivity or civilization

Florida: 27th state of the United States, a southeastern U.S. peninsula between the Gulf of Mexican and the Atlantic Ocean, nickname the “Sunshine State” for its numerous days of sunlight

Fossick: prospector or to search, rummage. Example: “Are you fossicking through the garbage?”

Furphy: false or unreliable rumor

Galah: fool, silly person

G’Day: hello

Georgia: 4th state of the United States, has the largest land mass of any U.S. state east of the Mississippi River, nickname the “Peach State” for its peach trees

Govies: governesses

Half past: time is told as half past the hour

Heterochromia: dual eye color condition thought to be hereditary, a disease, or caused by an injury

Holiday: vacation

Joey: infant marsupial

Kentucky: 15th state of the United States, centrally located and nicknamed the “Bluegrass State” for the bluegrass found in many of its pastures due to the fertile soil

Knock back: refusal (noun), refuse (verb)

Kussin: cousin

Lacrosse: contact sport that uses a long-handled stick called a crosse

Lamingtons: a square sponge cake with chocolate icing and coconut dusted over the top

Larrikin: prankster

Malle: a eucalyptus species whose biomass is converted into ethanol or electricity (Hayder’s use the word to describe a type of moonshine created from the eucalyptus species’ biomass)

Mamaay: Australian grandfather

Marsupial: a class of mammals, most of which carry their young in a pouch

Mate: friend

Mickey Mouse: excellent, very good; in some parts of Australia the phrase means inconsequential, frivolous, or not good

Milk bar: corner shop that sells takeaway food

Milko: milkman

Mob: family, group of people, or herd of kangaroos

Momu: Australian grandmother

Mongrel: despicable person

Moolah: money

Mozzie: mosquito

Muddy: mud crab

Mum: mother

Never Never: the center of Australia, Outback

Northern Territory: third largest Australia federal division; the least populous of Australia’s eight major states and territories

Oldies: parents

Opal: rare, natural gemstone of Australia; formed in sandstone with some iron oxide content, usually as fossilized tree roots

Outback: interior of Australia, the back country, or back yard

Pennyrile: the geographic area of Kentucky named for the pennyroyal plant

Pennyroyal plant: a species of flowering plant with fragrant spearmint leaves, the essential oils of which are used in aromatherapy; the plant is also high in pulegone, a highly toxic volatile organic compound affecting liver and uterine function.

Platypus: a semiaquatic Australian mammal that lays eggs instead of giving birth, and the sole living representative of its family classification

Pig-footed bandicoot: a small marsupial of Australia that is presumed to be extinct

Poa: a genus of about 500 grass species, native to temperate regions of both hemispheres, and commonly named “bluegrass”

Quid: make a: earn a living

Ripper: great, fantastic

Sand Shoes: tennis shoes

Shag on a Rock: obvious

Shonky: underhanded

Sing-song: a repeated rising and falling rhythm of a person’s voice

Sinister: female sibling referred to as sister

Songline: one of many paths across land and sky, marking an Aboriginal creator-being’s route during dreaming

Spiffy: excellent, great

Stalactite: a type of mineral formation that hangs from the ceiling of caves, hot springs, or man-made structures such as bridges and mines

Stalagmite: a type of rock formation composed of minerals that rises from the cave floor due to the accumulation of material deposits

Sunshine State: official nickname of the U.S. state of Florida and the Australian state of Queensland

Swag: rolled up bedding etc. carried by a swagman

Spook: ghost-like apparition

Stuffed, I’ll be: expression of surprise

Ta: thank you

Tallo: water from a mineral spring, containing salts and sulfur compounds; may be “sparkling” due to gases

Tall poppy syndrome: when someone becomes popular others try to cut them down

Tasmania: an island state of the Commonwealth of Australia located south of the Australian mainland, and is the 26th-largest island in the world

Tasmanian tiger: thylacine or thylacinus cynocephalus (Greek for “dog-headed pouched one”), largest native Australian carnivorous marsupial of modern times, believed to be extinct. Named because of its striped lower back; also called Tasmanian wolf.

Testimony: proof or evidence of something by its appearance or existence

Tobacco: a product prepared from the cured leaves of the tobacco plant, which is used around the world

Tucker-bag: food bag

Uncool: uncle

Vegemite: dark brown Australian food paste prepared with various vegetable and spice additives combined with leftover brewer’s yeast extract

Victoria: territory of Southern Australia

Water Boarder: tourists who visited Dawson Springs wells between the 1890s and 1920s—the “Water Boarder” era

Water well: a structure dug into the ground to access groundwater in underground aquifers. Water is drawn by hand using buckets or mechanically by a pump. Well shaft linings of wood, stone, or metal create wall stability.

Willy Willy: whirlwinds that represent spirit forms in Aboriginal myths. Spirits may emerge from the spinning vortex of dirt and punish children who misbehave.

Wolle paper: handmade paper created from rotting Wollemi pine

Yer: your or you’re

Yowah nut: found in the far South Western mines at Yowah in Queensland, ironstone stones resembling ‘nuts’ which contain precious opal within their center

5 Dynamic Editing Guides

Jodie Renner two books

Writers Market Digest

Chicago Standards

Writing Children’s Books for Dummies.

My Word Count my word count editing software 

 

1.  Readability Score: Use the Readability-Score.com text scoring tool to tell you how easy a piece of text is to read and if it is grade and/or reading level appropriate.

2.  My Word Count:  computer software to edit books.

3.  Sight Words:  vocabulary words for age appropriate grade levels

Editing Books:

Fire Up Your Fiction: An Editors Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction, Jodie Renner

Captivate Your Readers: An Editors Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction, Jodie Renner

FREE Coloring Page 2 “Mighty Madeline”


Mighty Madeline:
FREE Coloring Page.

The Madeline series includes many activities. Put readers’ skills to the test with our authors’ FREE Classroom Activities. These teaching resources are a fun and easy activity that will keep students happy and save teachers and parents time.

Share Mark’s YouTube Coloring Page Videos with the classroom.

Visit Julia Mason to learn more about upcoming events or to schedule a school event.

Beyond the Book: “G’DAY: Aints”

Beyond the Book Reading

Researching events past, present, and future helps enhance your reading experience. Family Tree Novel series readers are introduced to a variety of historical and social events throughout the novel series. Choose to explore or to expand your knowledge of these events on your songline.

1. Second source reading on Australian slang language: Wordbook of Australian Idiom—Aussie Slang, by Kerrin P. Rowe

2: Kentucky Derby: www.kentuckyderby.com

3. Australian Tea Tree: learn more at www.teatree.org.au

4. Southern Kentucky Book Fest (SoKY Book Fest): learn more at www.sokybookfest.org

5. Kentucky Book Fair: learn more at www.kyhumanities.org/kentuckybookfair.html

6. Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney, Australia: learn more at www.featherdale.com.au

7. Brumby Pony: learn more at www.animalsofaustralia.com/brumby_horse_facts

8. “Read a Book to Write Your Story” Discover how books change your life by journaling in a Best Sketchbook while you read. “One word can change your life.”

To learn more about a specific events, use our website to search topics using keywords from the Family Tree Novel series.

FREE Coloring Page “Dolly, a Dog, and a Camper”


Dolly, a Dog, and a Camper
: FREE Coloring Page.

The Dolly series includes many activities. Put readers’ skills to the test with our classroom activities. These teaching resources are a fun and easy activity that will keep students happy and save teachers and parents time.

Share Mark’s YouTube Coloring Page Videos with the classroom.

Visit award-winning author Kay Whitehouse to learn more about upcoming events or to schedule a Dolly event.

Beyond the Book: “DOWN UNDER: Kussins”

Beyond the Book Reading

Researching events past, present, and future helps enhance your reading experience. Family Tree Novel series readers are introduced to a variety of historical and social events throughout the novel series. Choose to explore or to expand your knowledge of these events on your songline.

1. “Very Special Place”, written by Richard Massamore and distributed in the 1980s.

2: “Read: Discover Kentucky” Discover other Kentucky authors, such as Jesse Stuart, Eddie PriceCrystal White, and Leigh Anne Florence, to name a few.

3. “Great American Eclipse” occurred August 21, 2017. To learn more visit: www.greatamericaneclipse.com.

4. Pennyrile Nature Trail: learn more about Kentucky trails at www.kentuckytourism.com/outdooradventure/trail/pennyrile-nature-trail/316/.

5. Dawson Springs Barbecue and Homecoming: learn more about Dawson Springs, Kentucky, events at www.dawsonspringsky.com/trails/Events.htm.

6. Catfish Noodling: learn more at www.fieldandstream.com.

7. Tasmanian Tiger: learn more at www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/tasmanian-tiger

8. 1898 Day Bros. Building: learn more at www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/ky/hopkins/state.html

9. The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens: to learn more visit www.zoo.org.au/melbourne.

To learn more about a specific events, use our website to search topics using keywords from the Family Tree Novel series.

FREE Coloring Page “Mighty Madeline”


Mighty Madeline:
FREE Coloring Page.

The Madeline series includes many activities. Put readers’ skills to the test with our authors’ FREE Classroom Activities. These teaching resources are a fun and easy activity that will keep students happy and save teachers and parents time.

Share Mark’s YouTube Coloring Page Videos with the classroom.

Visit Julia Mason to learn more about upcoming events or to schedule a school event.

Episode 6 Booth Setup Supplies

 

Episode 6: “Booth Setup”

Event booth setup involves multiple tasks: display assembly, banner, inventory, and much more. Use Episode 6: “Booth Setup” in planning book festival booth setup. Below are supplies that customize your book display.

#1. Book Display

Book display can range from folding tables draped with custom table cloths, portable book shelves, rolling book carts, to custom built shelving as seen in the video. (Contact us to order custom built Book Display A-Frames or Tables)

#2. Banner

Banners vary in sizes and materials from retractable freestanding banners to hanging banners, as seen in the video.

#3. Decorations

Choose a themed decor that relates to the book(s) being promoted. Example: If you’re promoting a pirate book, consider using flags, jute rope, fishing buoys, pirate hat, sea animals, ship, and wide colorful ribbons.

#4. Inventory

Corrugated shipping boxes turned on their side can be used to display inventory on the book display. Stack or shelve the inventory in a clear easily accessible format that customers can access.

#5. Event Bag

A good Event Travel Bag has everything necessary for events or airport travel. Items in the bag include:  Metal scissors, box cutterpocket knifehard plastic pencil box, Duct tape, clear shipping tape, zip ties (various sizes), safety pins, and lightweight rope.

#6. Rolling Dolly

A rolling dolly aids in securely transporting event display materials. Choose a heavy duty dolly, collapsable dolly, or standard dolly that fits your event needs.

Episode 5 Shipping Supplies

Episode 5: “Shipping Books”

Packaging and shipping signed books is for Illustrators and authors. Use these tools for your efficiency and success. Create a shipping method that works for your business and book releases. As discussed in Illustrator Life Episode 5, these supplies are used in shipping books to customers.

#1. Adhesive Shipping Labels

Print multiple labels with your company address on an 8.5″ x 11″ adhesive label sheet: 2 up, 3 up, or more. Preprinted shipping labels minimizes the time necessary in hand labeling orders.

#2. Bags

Handle plastic bags come in various sizes and quantities. Choose the quantity and sizes that will hold multiple books. Inserting a book(s) into a plastic bag, protects against moisture in transport. These bags can also be used at book events.

#3. Padded Envelopes

Padded envelopes come in various sizes. Choose a quantity and one or more sizes that will hold a single book or multiple books.

#4. Boxes

Corrugated shipping boxes come in various sizes and quantities. Choose a quantity and one or more sizes that will hold a single book or multiple books without extra packaging materials: packing peanuts, packing Kraft paper, or packing foam.

#5. Clear tape and Dispenser

Secure all padded envelopes and boxes using clear shipping tape. A handheld tape dispenser is more flexible when wrapping large boxes.

FREE Coloring Page “A Hand Truck Named Dolly”



A Hand Truck Named Dolly
: FREE Coloring Page.

The Dolly series includes many activities. Put readers’ skills to the test with our classroom activities. These teaching resources are a fun and easy activity that will keep students happy and save teachers and parents time.

Share Mark’s YouTube Coloring Page Videos with the classroom.

Visit award-winning author Kay Whitehouse to learn more about upcoming events or to schedule a Dolly event.