Learn to speak Australian

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Learn to speak Australian

Post by Wizard of Oz » Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:14 am

Man sentenced over wombat rape claim
Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:13pm AEDT

A New Zealand man has been sentenced to community service after telling police he had been raped by a wombat and the experience had caused him to start speaking "Australian".

Arthur Cradock, a 48-year-old orchard worker from Motueka on South Island, rang police on February 11 to say he was being raped by the slow-moving Australian marsupial at his home, The Nelson Mail reported.

He rang back soon afterwards to say he was withdrawing his complaint against the wombat, a court was told.

"Apart from speaking Australian now, I'm pretty all right you know," he told police in the second call.

Cradock pleaded guilty to using a phone for a fictitious purpose and was sentenced to 75 hours community work.

Prosecutors said alcohol played a large part in Cradock's life, although his defence lawyer said he was not drunk on the afternoon of the phone calls.
.. wasn't really sure where to post this gem .. but it does have to do with language and I just felt in the interest of international understanding of bilingualism .. well it just HAD to be given a wide audience .. maybe some of our mono/bi/trilingual speakers might like to comment on the suitability of this method for learning other languages .. zoos could become centres of linguistic excellence .. further field tests may need to be conducted .. polar bears>Canadian, bald eagles>American, dromadery camels>Arabic, bactrian camels>Mongolian, gorillas>Congolese, corgis>RP English .. the list is endless ..

WoZ in Aus 16/04/08
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Post by Bobinwales » Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:54 am

So that's how Doctor Dolittle did it!
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Post by russcable » Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:17 pm

I'm more interested in the idea that "using a phone for a fictitious purpose" is a specific crime. Would the punishment have been more or less if he had lied to the police in person?
What about gossiping to your neighbor? - "The slander charges against Mrs. Quimby didn't stick, but she got 30 days for using a phone for a fictitious purpose."
Fictitious purpose?
"Local production of "Bye, Bye, Birdie" shut down due to using a phone for a fictitious purpose during "The Telephone Hour" number." "Theatre condemned for showing "Pillow Talk", Doris Day and Rock Hudson denied visas".
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:39 pm

Life for "Sorry, Wrong Number".
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Post by kagriffy » Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:33 am

What about "Dial 'M' for Murder"?
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