What’s in a Name?

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We stopped to photograph some of the town signs along the Great Southern Highway during our trip to Albany last month. They often describe the character of the town, or some historical connection – like miners heading for the goldfields from Broomehill, pushing their tools and belongings in a wheelbarrow.

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But the tiny town of Popanyinning took a different tack, making fun of its long name. The locals just opt out and call it Popo (pronounced pop-oh).

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Shag on a Rock

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We noticed these two cormorants sitting on a rock in a Perth lake recently. They immediately reminded us of the Australian idiom of being “like a shag on a rock”, since cormorants are generally called shags here. However the idiom refers to someone being alone and isolated, so these two shags don’t quite fit the bill.

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Shags on the shoreline or sitting in a tree haven’t found their way into the Aussie “slanguage” yet.

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Ferry across the Freeway

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There is a jetty at the Swan River end of Preston Street, in the Perth suburb of Como. The jetty is cut off from Preston Street by a busy freeway, but you can easily walk to it across this footbridge.

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Como used to be a popular ferry destination, so the bridge is decorated with nautical themes like these ropes.

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And the names of old ferries from the past.

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