OPINION: Parade takes a lighter look at life in Bathurst and surrounds

AN Advocate reader wants members of the community to be aware of a scam floating about at the moment.

The reader received an email early this week that was supposedly from the power company AGL and which contained an attachment that was supposedly an electricity bill.

The only problem was that the reader does not get her electricity from AGL.

And even if she did, she does not receive her electricity bills electronically.

The reader looked a little further into this matter and established that the AGL email bill is a scam.

So Bathurst residents, be warned. Know what you’re opening on your email account before you click that mouse. 

From a drop bear to trackie daks

PARADE reads that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week accepted a specially bound set of the new edition of the Australian National Dictionary

The new dictionary was presented as a “gift to the nation” at the Prime Minister’s Parliament House office.

The new two-volume set includes more than 6000 new words, including words from more than 100 Indigenous languages.

The new terms added include Sorry Day, trackie daks, schmick, chardy, straight to the pool room, mugachino, firie, rello, welcome to country, bunji (a mate), yidaki (didgeridoo), drop bear, shirtfront and not happy Jan.

Parade thinks a good challenge would be to include as many of the words from that list as possible in the one sentence. 

Here’s Parade’s attempt: I was sitting in my trackie daks with my rello, who’s a firie, when he said “this chardy is so schmick that it should go straight to the pool room".

Oxford University Press managing director Peter van Noorden said the new dictionary edition was a “crucial record of Australian culture and identity”. 

“It illustrates what it means, in words, to be Australian. These words belong to all Australians,” he said.

There are more than 16,000 Australian words and phrases in the new dictionary.

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