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Dodgers try to speak Australian slang

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It's bloody oath that most Australian blokes speak English primarily, but really it's more like English-plus. Like the other former colonies of the British crown, they have a vocabulary that's unique to Down Under. "Fair dinkum," for example, means "true" or "authentic." And not just the words, but Aussie dialects are among the planet's most amusing. Just imagine Paul Hogan saying anything, or the guy from the Foster's beer commercials. Beeeee-uh. You can even try it yourself; just read the menu from an Outback. Kookaburra shreemp on tha barbie!

The Los Angeles Dodgers thought it would be funny, and they were right, if they tried to get some of their players to pronounce assorted Australian idioms. As if it would help, they had the Dodgers hold Australian objects, such as an Aussie Rules football, a boomerang, a cricket bat, etc. Like the items had transferable wisdom or something.

Clayton Kershaw starts out bonzer ("great") by pronouncing "crikey" ("whoa!"), as if Guy Pearce had been tutoring him for a month. No, he says, he hasn't watched a lot of "Crocodile Dundee." But it's all downhill from there. Brian Wilson and Carl Crawford come off like a couple of Joeys. It's all in good fun, though.

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