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They need to weigh in on some of these questions, otherwise I'm just going to assume they say "crikey" and "good on yer" and "shrimp on the barbie" all the time.

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    +1 I hope that maybe we do. But it's a numbers game, I would suspect. We're likely to see members in some vague relation to their population size, I suppose (might not be the case at all. I don't know ...). We don'talways know where everyone's from, of course. I'm not sure where I'm from ... Jan 3 '17 at 23:35
  • You forgot to mention Marmite and "G'day mate!"
    – Peter
    Jan 5 '17 at 8:44
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    @Peter actually they do say "G'day mate", like all the time. I had an Aussie coworker who held an informal contest to see which American among us could say it properly, with the most natural accent. The winner got a jar of Vegemite.
    – Andrew
    Jan 5 '17 at 22:44
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    I feel like city dwellers don't use 'g'day' that much, 'good morning' etc. are used much more common. People who live in small towns use it a lot more, and it's used more common among men, such as builders, or when male friends go fishing/ to the beach...)
    – EmmaXL
    Jan 5 '17 at 23:45
  • @EmmaXL well my coworker was from Tasmania, which might have explained much of his odd behavior.
    – Andrew
    Jan 5 '17 at 23:49
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    @Andrew Vegemite? That's a really interesting usage of the word "winner". Jan 6 '17 at 7:37
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    @Codeswitcher 5 years later I still have the jar :)
    – Andrew
    Jan 6 '17 at 15:52
  • I noticed this comment yesterday, and it reminded me of this question.
    – J.R. Mod
    Jan 10 '17 at 0:57
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    @J.R. only one Aussie comment out of twenty. Shame, I guess the drop-bears got them.
    – Andrew
    Jan 10 '17 at 5:51
  • Andrew: Wow, the glass is half-empty, eh? There may be 20 comments there, but many have posted two or three times, so there are really only 10 or 11 commenters. Given that the population of Australia is about 23 million, that's actually pretty close to e representative sample. It's certainly more than the "never" in your question title.
    – J.R. Mod
    Jan 10 '17 at 9:48
  • Australians never say 'shrimp' on the barbie and some rarely say 'crikey' and 'good on yer'. I comment sometimes - my username is Sydney and my pic is a closeup of the Sydney Opera House: guess where I'm from!
    – Sydney
    Jan 13 '17 at 21:43
  • @Sydney Ok but the drop-bears are real, right?
    – Andrew
    Jan 13 '17 at 21:51
  • Oh yes, absolutely!
    – Sydney
    Jan 14 '17 at 2:52
  • There aren't a lot of Australians on ELL because it's well known that Australians speak the best English in the world! [citation needed]
    – CJ Dennis
    Jan 21 '17 at 1:27
  • >>How come I never see any Aussies on here? Coz we're all asleep when you mob are awake. ;-) Oh, and 'good on yer' these days is just 'onya'.
    – mcalex
    Feb 24 '17 at 11:47
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Well, we have @jimsug and @AndrewGrimm among our regular contributors, looking at self-reported locations visible on the Users tab.

If the concern is about global representation of Englishes, I am more concerned about our failure to recruit participants (either questioners or answerers) from the Philippines, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa (esp. South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya). For that matter, we don't seem to have any Irish among the top 100 participants (by reputation points) either.

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  • It's a shame, really. I agree it would be nice to have full diversity.
    – Andrew
    Jan 3 '17 at 22:52
  • Yeah, there's only one irish-english question, and not even a tag for any African, Pacific, or Caribbean English varieties. Jan 4 '17 at 0:29
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    So maybe we should come up with an ad that asks folks to come to ELL and share their flavor of English and see if we can get it into rotation on some other SE sites. Maybe travel.se would be a good place to start.
    – ColleenV
    Jan 4 '17 at 14:02
  • Hear hear! By the way, I'm another Australian (maybe I should put that in my profile), and I haven't really noticed there being less of us than I'd expect. Jan 16 '17 at 16:36
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We do weigh in on questions, but we avoid referring to throwing prawns on the barbie because it is rarely relevant to the question.

We (I) also tend not to use "In Australia we use the word like this ..." very often because generally the British use English the same as us, and it's better to link to the OED than the (much less reputable and less free) Macquarie Dictionary that we have down under.

Also, we tend to get moderated to oblivion, due to our tendency to drop a certain word quite casually that is fine amongst mates, but shocks other people.

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    What, you mean "Vegemite"? :)
    – Andrew
    Jan 20 '17 at 0:33

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