Thursday, August 13, 2009

Smoko

In Australia, regardless of whether you smoke or not, if you work outdoors your tea-break is usually called a "smoko".
Some things here with one syllable get an "o" put on the end. (smoke-o, dave-o, john-o) Other things with more than one syllable are shortened to their first syllable and then get an "o" on the end (afternoon: arvo, ambulance worker: ambo, garbage collector: garbo)
The group of workers were celebrating one of them having a birthday and were in fine form.

11 comments:

J Bar said...

I hope these drinks were after work and not during their morning smoko.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Steffe said...

I don't see any one drinking tea here. Cheers!

cara.gartland said...

Yep they were pretty settled - they *said* it was a smoko but it very much looked like things were done for the day.

Leif Hagen said...

Great-o birth-o party-o! Coolo photo-o! Cheers-o! And I thought Canadians talk funny ...

Kaori said...

Looks fun-o!!!

the foto fanatic said...

Ahh - what a fine collection of Aussie manhood!

Hey Harriet said...

This is a classic! They all look so happy! If it isn't the end of the day, they must have a really nice job to be smiling like that :)

Ken Mac said...

thanks for the local shot and info on local traditions!

Babooshka said...

I have always wandered about why o is added. Great shot. Look at lot happier than anyone working here.

Babooshka said...

I have always wandered about why o is added. Great shot. Look at lot happier than anyone working here.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

They all look like they're having fun - like one big happy family.

BEt a few people had a decko!

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