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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