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date: 14 November 2018

Australian adjective, the great

Source:
A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms
Author(s):

G. A. Wilkes

Australian adjective, the great 

A euphemism for bloody q.v.

1894 Bulletin 18 Aug. 22: The Bulletin calls it the ‘Australian adjective’ simply because it is more used, and used more exclusively by Australians, than by any other allegedly civilised nation.

1899 W. Goodge Hits! Skits! and Jingles! 115: ‘___!’ / (The Great Australian Adjective!) [poem title]

1939 Daily Telegraph (Sydney) 23 Jan. 7: Legal opinion upholds the ruling of Mr Atkinson S.M. that the Great Australian Adjective is sometimes offensive but not indecent.

1944 Daily Telegraph (Sydney) 7 Jul. 8: The great Australian accent, and the greater Australian adjective, are two of the best advertisements Australia has in other parts of the world.