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Please tell me the wording specific to Australia.

・Carrying on like a pork chop ・Chuck a sickie

etc.

thank you.

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  • If you chuck a sickie then call in sick (take the day off) when you are not really sick. UK speakers usually say pull a sickie, just as we say pull a U-turn, whereas Australians will says chuck a Uey. As for carrying on like a pork chop, no idea.
    – user339660
    May 28, 2019 at 8:21

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While chuck has the usual meaning of "throw", it's often used in Australian English in the sense of carrying out an action (chuck a uey = "make a U-turn") or putting on a performance (chuck a mental = "throw a wobbly" = lose self-control).

chuck a sickie

A day's sick leave, especially as taken without sufficient medical reason. Sickie is an abbreviation of the term sick leave, and illustrates a distinctive feature of Australian English — the addition of -ie or -y to abbreviated words or phrases. Other examples include: firie ‘firefighter’, surfie ‘surfer’, and Tassie ‘Tasmania’. Sickie is first recorded in 1953, and is often found in the phrase to chuck a sickie, meaning ‘to take a day’s sick leave from work’ (often with the implication that the person is not really ill).

  • 1962 Bulletin (Sydney) 3 March: I don’t feel a bit like work today… I think I’ll take a sickie.
  • 2003 Canberra Times 21 June: The age old practice of ‘chucking a sickie’ in the Australian Public Service is costing the taxpayer at least $295 million a year.

The injunction "stop carrying on like a pork chop" is typically heard from an exasperated parent when an overtired child puts on a performance because they didn't get what they wanted.

carry on like a pork chop

To behave foolishly, to make a fuss, to complain, or to rant. This expression is often thought to allude to the spluttering noise of a pork chop that is being fried. However it is probably a variant of the older expression like a pork chop in a synagogue, meaning something that is unpopular, unlikely, or rare (with reference to the Jewish prohibition of the eating of pork). To carry on like a pork chop is first recorded in 1975.

  • 2002 Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) 10 November: The Australian sports public are a forgiving lot. Ask Lleyton Hewitt. Or Shane Warne. Here are a couple of champions who, on several occasions, have carried on like pork chops.

  • 2003 E. Vercoe Keep Your Hair On: She's a beautiful woman, your mother, but by God can she carry on like a pork chop about nothing.

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