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Title: J - Jackaroo - Jumbuck
Tags: Words
Blog Entry: J – Letter  Jackeroo - Jumbuck   When it came to the J Letter I wasn’t all that sure what to write about.   I thought of several subjects but wasn’t really happy with those then one night when I couldn’t sleep (Why is it mostly at night that we think of these things that otherwise escape us?) The thought occurred to me of writing about the meaning of some of the Australian ‘Slang’ words that are used here. Many of the words that I grew up with are gradually fazing out as we become more of a Multi-Culture Society but are still used by the middle age group through to we older generation whilst the younger generation continue to use the more common ones.   Following is a list of some of the words and meanings that are still used today. Jackaroo - A  jackaroo  is a young man (the feminine equivalent is ‘ jillaroo’ ) working on a  sheep or cattle station , to gain practical experience in the skills needed to become an owner, overseer, manager, etc.  The word originated in  Queensland ,  Australia  in the 19th century and is still in use in  Australia  and  New Zealand   in the 21st century.   Its origins are unclear, although it is firmly rooted in  Australian English ,  Australian culture  and in the traditions of the  Australian stockmen . The word ' jillaroo'  for a female land worker was coined in the   Second World War and persisted into the 21st century. During the war it was necessary for women to take on all the occupations followed traditionally only by men. Jillaroos were the female equivalent of jackeroos. Waltzing Matilda"  is Australia's best-known  bush ballad , and has been described as the country's "unofficial national anthem". The title was Australian slang for travelling on foot with one's belongings in a "matilda" ( swag ) slung over one's back.    The song narrates the story of an itinerant worker, or " swagman ", making a drink of  billy tea   at a bush camp and capturing a stray  jumbuck   (sheep) to eat. When the jumbuck's owner, a  squatter   (wealthy landowner), and three mounted policemen pursue the swagman for theft, he declares "You'll never take me alive!" and commits suicide by drowning himself in a nearby  billabong (watering hole), after which his ghost haunts the site. Waltzing Matilda Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong 
 Under the shade of a coolibah tree, 
 He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled 
 You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda 
 You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me 
 He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled, 
 you'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me Down came a jumbuck to drink at the billabong, 
 Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee, 
 he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag, 
 you'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda 
 you'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me 
 he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag, 
 You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred, 
 Up rode the troopers, one, two, three, 
 With the jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag? 
 You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me. 

 Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda 
 You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me 
 With the jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag? You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, you scoundrel with me. 

 Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong, 
 You'll never catch me alive, said he, 
 And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong, 
 you'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me. 

 Jabiru - The black-necked stork is a tall long-necked wading  bird  in the  stork family. It is a  resident species   with a disjunct population in Australia. It lives in wetland habitats and certain crops such as rice and wheat where it forages for a wide range of animal prey. Adult birds of both sexes have a heavy  bill  and are patterned in white and glossy blacks, but the  sexes differ   in the colour of the iris.  It is one of the few storks that is strongly territorial when feeding. J umper  (A pull-on sweater) any type of knit shirt that is pulled over the head rather than buttoned u p…… Joey – (A baby Kangaroo) A female   kangaroo  gives birth to a tiny ‘ Joey’  that weighs about 2gm and is the size of a jellybean. ... Before the birth, the mother  kangaroo  licks her fur to make a track so that the  joey  can climb up into her pouch journo  (journalist). There was a newspaper article about "dodgy journos," meaning sloppy or dishonest journalists. Jumble – Rummage Sale             Jelly  = Jell-O Jarmies - Pyjamas, bed clothes Jaffas  is an Australian registered trademark for a small round sweet consisting of a soft chocolate centre with a hard covering of orange flavoured, red coloured confectionery. The name derives from the  Jaffa  orange. The sweet is part of both Australiana and Kiwiana.