Sometimes, when I have spare time, I go for a wander around vox. A comment on a neighbours blog, leads me to someone elses blog, then so on and on. And if someone looks a bit interesting I add them to my neighbourhood because I might never stumbleupon them again. Then after a month if they aren't intersting after all I just take them off. Because I don't want to have pages and pages of neighbours that I don't have any connection with. And I don't expect people to add me just because I add them, I don't get offended or anything.
And sometimes I just leave a comment on a random persons blog. Someone I haven't had contact with before, because I figure if they didn't want comments they wouldn't have them enabled. And again I don't really care if they don't reply to my comment, but sometimes I wonder if I've said something that offended them. Because don't you usually reply back to someone the first time they leave you a comment? Just because it's polite. And I see comments as little conversations and I talk a lot so I always reply.
So the point is I could have possibly offended someone. Maybe not, maybe they just thought I didn't seem very interesting so they ignored me. I hope so anyway. Because its hard to relay what tone you're using in emails and typed text. maybe I should use more smiley faces.
So anyway it was about ugg boots. Someone – not australian – was saying how they really liked ugg boots. And I left a comment saying that even though ugg boots are australian I don't actually know any australian who wears them. I think its because its just not cold enough here. I mean we only have about three days a year when you need a warm coat. So because I have a big mouth and never shut up I then went on to say that in fact, about the only people who wore ugg boots in Australia were bogans. Now bogans are basically harmless and I'll just find a definition. In fact my husband is a bit of a bogan. Although he's what you call a westie, so I've nothing against them.
BOGAN (pronunciation boe-gn) is a term used primarily in Australia to describe a particular section of the working class demographic. This derogatory slang word is a gender-neutral noun; this being important as many bogans tend to gravitate towards one another forming relationships and extended families. A bogan family is not an uncommon phenomena in certain regions. A bogan typically resides in either a low-cost housing estate, government housing or in the outlying regional areas of continental Australia. Generally bogans tend to congregate in areas with little or no features & amenities.
• A pronounced lack of dress sense in social situations. Typical bogan attire consists of a flannelette shirt, King Gee stubbie shorts (either blue/khaki), torn or soiled jeans from the 1980's or earlier, and of course double-plug standard issue white thong sandals with black rubber. A bogan's dress sense is not influenced by intended destination/occasion hence the line between workwear and formal wear is often hazy at best. On rare occasions bogans may be spotted wearing enclosed shoes when entering the local RSL to "have a slap on the pokies" or to "get pissed wif me mates on the veebs (VB)". A female bogan will usually wear a matching ensemble usually consisting of second-hand fashions or products purchased from the discount retail chains Best and Less or Big W.
• A lack of personal hygiene. A bogan will often allow his/her hair to grow into an attractive style named the "mullet" as popularised in the 1980's. A hair cut is a rare event for the bogan, and most styling occurs when the razor is brought out to either a) produce a "skinhead" style cut or b) a "frullet" (front-mullet). Similar styles apply for females, however the female bogan frequently colours her hair auburn.
• Choice in music. The bogan prefers either metal or pub rock. A bogan would suggest that the song Khe Sanh by Cold Chisel would be a more appropriate national anthem than Advance Australia Fair. AC/DC is also a popular choice. Anything Barnesy. Midnight Oil is another classic example of the bogan genre.
• Employment status. The common bogan is either a) not employed or b) a tradesman/labourer. A bogan employee can be spotted kitted up in a fluorescent vest or polo shirt. Unemployed bogans often frequent RSL's/clubs for discount lunches during the day, before continuing on to the local Centrelink office to receive the hard-earned cash of the tax-paying public. This will be followed by a journey to the most convenient bottle shop ("bottlo") to purchase 2×24 cartons ("slabs") of Victoria Bitter ("Veebs") for $60. Also included in this purchase is the all-important packet of Winfield Reds ("Smokes"). The rest of this pension money is budgeted towards the "pokies" at the local pub.
• A poorly-maintained house or unit. As previously mentioned, the bogan often resides in regions of a lower socio-economic standing. Basically, in most cases the bogan is located some way inland from a coastal fringe or major waterway. In the case of Sydney, this has lead to the term "westie" being coined in order to distinguish the boganistic population of the inland western suburbs from the more affluent residents of the east. In the case of NSW/QLD and Victoria, the majority of bogans are located on or west of the Great Dividing Range. Whilst this is not always the case, it is important to note that the concentration of bogans per capita is somewhat higher in these areas.
So now I think that she thinks that I think she's a bogan.
Which I do not. ok? definitely do not. You crazy americans can wear ugg boots as much as you want. It doesn't mean a thing.
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