On a whim (and off the topic), I just had a look at the latest hurling results, and it turns out that the All-Ireland final is on in just five days! Tipperary plays Galway, and it should be an excellent match. (Although I haven't had the chance to watch any hurling for months. No TV channel is currently broadcasting it in Australia, and I should email Foxtel and try to convince them to show the hurling, since it's a great sport to watch, even if it is one step away from all-out war - and those of you who think ice hockey is a tough game, you ain't seen nothin' yet if you haven't watched a game of hurling.) Hopefully SBS will be showing it; they've shown the All-Ireland final for the last few years, even though they haven't bothered with the ordinary matches. Fingers crossed, anyway.
And have a meme - this one from kassie_opia, about dialect lexicon. (My dialect is Queensland Australian English, for what it's worth.)
1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
With stagnant or slow-moving water: creek.
With fast-moving water: stream.
2. What the thing you push around the supermarket is called.
3. A metal container to carry a meal in.
I don't think we have a specific word. Billycans aren't really used any more, and they were more for cooking a meal in than for carrying a meal.
4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
Deck or verandah.
8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
Submarine sandwich, probably. Baguette is as it is in French, and few people would know what a hero or a hoagie was here.
11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
Togs, or specifically for the ones shaped like a pair of underpants, DTs.
12. Shoes worn for sports.
13. Putting a room in order.
14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.
15. The little insect that curls up into a ball?
Slater. (And having had some entomology training, it's actually a crustacean, not an insect.
16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down.
17. How do you eat your pizza?
You can't usually fold a slice of Australian pizza. You just eat it. I happen to eat all of it. Some don't like the crust.
18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
A garage sale.
19. What's the evening meal?
Tea. Dinner on rare occasions when I'm talking to someone who I suspect might not know that meaning of tea.
20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
A furnace? In an Australian house? Are you mad? Australian houses very rarely have under-house rooms. Where they exist, I'd probably call them basements.
21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?