A traveller has noticed a ‘unique’ phrase all Australians say that no one else uses – and he’s obsessed with it.
Josiah Hein, from Canada, is travelling around the world and has recently come across strange differences between his home country and Australia – including the bizarre thing all Aussies do at the airport.
He was walking down a street in Sydney when he accidentally bumped into someone and apologised – only for the man to say ‘you’re right’ in response.
‘I’m in Australia and I’m walking down the street – and there’s this cool guy walking towards me in a suit,’ he explained in a video. ‘And both of us stop and I apologise – because Canadians apologise 7.8 times a day.’
But the stranger’s response shocked Josiah.
Josiah went on, ‘He didn’t say ‘that’s all good, bro’ or ‘that’s okay’ – the guy said ‘you are all right’ to me.’
He explained that because of the man’s Australian accent it sounded like ‘you are right’ meaning he was correct or ‘got the answer right’.
‘It’s a very different way of saying things – I don’t think Canadians or Americans think like that,’ he said.
He said people back home usually respond ‘you’re sweet’ or ‘you’re good’ after being accidentally bumped into.
‘I like that ‘you’re right’ is unique,’ the traveller went on. ‘It’s not very warm, but it has that Aussie swag about it.’
Some Australians shed light on the popular phrase.
‘As a statement, it means that you don’t need to be sorry and that you are right in what you were doing, and you weren’t doing anything wrong,’ a woman said.
‘Basically the same as ‘no apologies necessary mate’,’ another added.
While some noted the distinction between ‘you’re right mate’ and ‘you right mate?’ – the latter of which signifies trouble.
Josiah was also shocked to come across the word ‘fortnight’ in an Australian calendar, admitting he only thought characters in Harry Potter used the term.
He recently saw a calendar educators use to teach children how to measure time, but was stumped when he landed on a particular word.
He pointed at the calendar and said, ‘Here in Australia, look at this – there are 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, 14 days in a fortnight, and 12 months in a year.’
‘Fortnight? Has anyone else ever heard of this word? What is this, Harry Potter?’ he asked.
Josiah was extremely suspicious of Australians measuring time in fortnights, and while he agreed it sounded better than ‘bi-weekly’, he still couldn’t wrap his his around the concept.
‘No way do you actually say fortnightly,’ he wrote in a comment.
‘I know the word because they used it at Hogwarts in Harry Potter – but it being on par with ‘week’ or ‘month’ is amazing.’
The Anglo-Saxons used fortnights to measure the length of time between a new moon and a full moon.
The term was common in North America and Canada until the 1880s, after which it was phased out.
Thousands of Aussies were shocked the rest of the world didn’t use ‘fortnights’ to measure two weeks.
‘I worked for a South African finance company and they said bi-weekly instead,’ a woman shared. ‘It drove me nuts!’
‘It’s really far more bizarre that you don’t use fortnight,’ another wrote.
‘I can’t believe there are places in the world that don’t use it – it’s so convenient!’ one said.