Posted by Victoria S Dennis on May 05, 2011 at 18:17
In Reply to: Australian phrases posted by Baceseras on May 05, 2011 at 15:51:
: : There are some common Australian phrases that I am interested to know the origins of:
: : "Sparrow's fart" meaning "the crack of dawn" e.g. I'll be up at sparrow's fart tomorrow.
: : "I'll go hee" e.g. If he doesn't [do something very likely], I'll go hee.
: : "I'm here all week - try the veal."
: [The last of these (“I’m here all week – try the veal.”) isn’t commonly used here in the US, but it’s well known to originate in the patter of a comic to the audience at a supper club. American comics, such as Letterman and Conan, have sometimes used it out of that context: for instance, to acknowledge a more muted response than they had hoped for from an audience. – Baceseras.]
"Sparrow's fart" is a jokey variation on the very ancient phrase "at cock's crow", meaning dawn. (VSD)