Australian Culture / Cinema / Language in Society

Beyond Words : Non Verbal Communication in Samson and Delilah

One of the most puzzling elements in Thornton’s movie is the almost complete nonexistence of dialogue. Still, the absence of spoken words is counterbalanced by the use of a wide range of other means of communication, such as gestures, actions, gazes and sign language; an alternative range of communication means very popular in Aboriginal culture. … Continue reading

Aussie Lingo: “They’re a Bloody Weird Mob!’
Australian Culture / Cinema / Culture / Language in Society

Aussie Lingo: “They’re a Bloody Weird Mob!’

In 1966, English filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger adapted for the screen the Australian comic novel They’re a Weird Mob. The story of Nino Culotta, an Italian immigrant coming to Australia with the promise of a job at his cousin’s magazine, allows the directors to play with the Australian slang and portray a stereotypical Aussie … Continue reading

To Swag or not to Swag?
Culture / Gender Studies / Language in Society

To Swag or not to Swag?

Originally, “swagger” is used to define a way of walking “swaying from side to side” according to the Oxford Online Dictionary. Walking being associated with attitude or behavior, the meaning of this noun spread to “a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive gait or manner” according to the New Oxford American Dictionary. It is … Continue reading