Over dinner with a bunch of girls:
Kiwi: …and he wore budgie smugglers!
Me: What’s a budgie smuggler?
Saffa: Think speedos.
Me: Oh ok. Why is it called a budgie smuggler?
Kiwi: Because they’re so small and tight it’s like they’re trying to smuggle budgies!
Me: BUT WHAT’S A BUDGIE?!!?
I had 18 people laughing hysterically at me.
Saffa: *holds out hand with thumb and index finger about an inch apart*
Cue more hysterical laughing.
Me: What is this?! New Zealand English?!
Brit: It’s Hong Kong English! It’s everywhere English!
I look at one of the only other locals at the table. She looked at me and raised her eyebrows. Hong Kong or not, we’ve both never heard of the term.
Have you? I don’t think I’m that “awwwww sheltered” – in the words of one who patted my head as he said it. (Note to self: Watch out. People will comment and say, you gotta be kidding me right? EVERYONE knows the term!)
P.S. As per the Kiwis and Saffas, is there an equivalent term for the English?