Posted by David on November 27, 1999
In Reply to: Stone The Crows posted by ESC on November 03, 1999
Listed in 'Collins English Dictionary - Fourth Australian Edition' as: (Interjection) British and Australian slang - an expression of surprise, dismay etc.. [My notes follow] It is only occasionally heard, these days. It was associated (in Aus.) with the poor Aussie 'battler' farmer, and with regions where a broader Aussie accent applied - (mainly, the Eastern states - New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, especially). In my part of the world (South Australia - a non-convict settled state), it was heard less frequently. This may suggest a link with regions, in England, from which convicts were originally dispatched.