A Kangafrog, or Frogaroo
My first attempt at superimposing
A few days ago an English blogger made the comment that it seems as if I'm "a fair dinkum Aussie girl with a froggy name".
Well, let me tell you that she was 'spot on'! I'm very proud to be Aussie and I'm also proud of my French heritage, including my 'Pommy' (English), Welsh, Scottish and Danish heritage! My Great-Grandfather arrived in Australia from France in the late 19th century and was naturalised in 1914. I like my name; it was to be Alana, after Mum's favourite actor Alan Ladd's daughter but Grandma had a say and I was named Alaine.
'Fair dinkum' is a colloquial saying used frequently in Australia meaning 'it's true!' or 'are you serious, mate?' The origin is said to have come from the Australian gold rush period of the 1800s; Chinese gold miners described gold as 'din gum', meaning 'real gold'. Thus, it means that it is the absolute truth, completely genuine or authentic!
On another slant, according to Melvyn Bragg's The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language, 'dinkum' comes from the English Midlands and meant work. 'Fair dinkum' referred to a fair day's work and subsequently fair play.
'Pommy', as Wikipedia says, is an alternative name for the British, the origin probably meaning 'prisoner of (his/her) Majesty' or relating to their complexions as 'like a pomegranate'. The dicionary says that it is usually used disparagingly by Australian and New Zealanders but I disagree with that; most Aussies use it affectionately. And I'm married to a 'Pom'! Boom, boom!
'Froggy' is a disparaging term for a Frenchman, from 1872 onwards, later WW1, referring to the French being partial to Grenouille (frog).
Another explanation I found is "that the coat of French officers was closed using not ordinary buttons but little pieces of wood attached to a ribbon and called 'frogs'. That made men recognizable among others and could have awarded them the name."
By the way, the French, in turn, call the English 'Rosbif'.
I was going to include a recipe here for Cuisses de Grenouille aux Herbes (herbed frogs legs) but balked at the picture of them on the plate! They're my little friends; I picked one up from the carpet the other night and put it in the garden. I think it must have got in via the dog door, or is that 'frog door'?!