I've decided that Melbournites do not like their metaphors. Descriptions of every day things seem very literal.
Here's my list so far of NSW vs. VIC descriptions.
1. Council clean-up = Down in Victoria we call it hard rubbish, because it's hard and it's rubbish: "I love my new sofa. It was hard rubbish."
2. Laser Zone = It's dark and in a zone, so we call it Dark Zone: "Let's take the kiddies to Dark Zone."
3. Small chips/$2.00 worth of chips = It's the minimum amount. So we will call it "Minimum Chips": "I'll have minimum chips with my fish please."
4. Potato scallop = It's not a sea creature, so we will call it what it is, a potato Cake. "Two potato cakes with my minimum chips please!"
I laughed uncontrollably the other day when my friend ordered "minimum chips". I thought that was just the description on the menu, not what you actually order. Now I've decided it's the perfect name for a pop/punk band.
And today a few of us argued over what you call a poppa/juicebox/prima. What would you call it?
Any other extremely literal expressions I should know?