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Appendix talk:Australian English colloquial similes

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The Australian phrase "slow as a wet week" is actually "slow as a wet wig" and was a phrase frequently used by my mother who was born in Yipoon in Queensland.

It means something is particularly slow and is often used when referring to slow people, particularly children and spouses.


  • Come on little Timothy, we'll be late for school, you're as slow as a wet wig this morning!
  • Darling, we'll be late for the party, sometimes you can be as slow as a wet wig!
  • The cities bus services are as slow as a wet wig most of the time!

The Australian phrase "mean as cat's piss" is actually "weak as cat's piss" and has been used by myself and a number of friends from Queensland, Australia for most of our adult life.

It refers to something being "particularly weak", and is used to refer to alcoholic beverages that taste diluted and watered-down. It is also used to refer to a lack of physical or character strength of both people and quality or robustness in objects.


  • This beer is as weak as cat's piss.
  • His older brother could never stand up to him; he was as weak as cat's piss.
  • This tent pole bent after only a week; it's as weak as cat's piss.

Should all this content be included in the appendix?? Anyone, feel free to move it in if you think it's appropriate.

--The Picky Proofreader 11:02, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

I'd say go ahead and make the changes, but it would appear that you've already done so. A couple of thoughts: First, one should be careful in assuming your own understanding of a language to be exhaustive. It's quite possible that the "mean" variant also exists, and is simply used by young people or western Australians, or whatever you're not. Secondly, the simple fact is that these appendices are just shy of worthless. No one sees them. What would really be helpful is the creation of some entries for some of these. Of course, this being a wiki, and you being an unpaid volunteer, you are quite free to do as you like. -Atelaes λάλει ἐμοί 11:19, 8 May 2010 (UTC)
Im sorry, please explain how a "wet wig" is slow. A "wet week" is slow as the rain makes it feel as if the days are going slower. I believe this is the correct meaning, coerrct me if i'm wrong.

Addition - different person - never heard of 'wet wig' always known it to be 'as slow as a wet week' - Source - everyone I know, and thats a lot of people! I was born in Ireland and it was a wet week over there too, I lived in NSW Australia for 20 years and I've only ever heard of it as a wet week, this persons mother may have used wig, but it makes no logical sense to me.