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Defongerate

(v) To leave, go away from, depart, abandon
(Orig 1998 Vic. After the consumption of fermented sugars. Has since experienced some acceptance in the central west.)


12 Comments:

At 10:51 pm, Blogger Casyn said...

I'm smiling and nodding.

:-)

 
At 11:28 pm, Blogger Pickwick said...

That's a relief!

 
At 8:36 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems the word was introduced to the modern Australian vernacular by Mr Allan Kerr of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia and can be traced through the Kerr clan for centuries.

 
At 9:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its been around for years, goes back to the early eighties

 
At 9:44 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Know-nothing,

Centuries are before the eighties even the early eighties. So Jammit.

 
At 10:44 am, Anonymous Mike Longhurst said...

I first heard it as "Defongerlate" from Charlie Stevens who was one of the Rats of Tobruk during WWII. He said it meant leaving without announcing it e.g., at a boring party you could pretend to go to the loo but then disappear out the front door without a fuss.

 
At 4:01 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember using this word at scout camps in the mid 1950's in Victoria
Brian Walters SEO

 
At 10:08 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Allan Kerr must defongerate now :)

ps. he is not to be trusted

 
At 8:48 am, Blogger monty said...

It was a common term with the apprentices at the MMBW in the early 1970's so it must be older than that.

 
At 1:39 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Used in 1960's mystery by Arthur W Upfield, "The Battling Prophet", with Austrlian Outback setting, pg 183.

 
At 3:18 pm, Blogger Maca said...

First came across it from my father in about 1950. Same meaning

 
At 9:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Dad used it on me just then, he is 92! He has known of it since he was a boy:-)

 

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