Gareth thinks it's a hoot how in Australia we call the shop at which you purchase alcohol, "the bottle-o".
I don't this is any less ridiculous than the way Brits call their equivalent Off-Licence, "the offie", but then again the fella is generally a big fan of Australian lingo. He picked up the word sook (crybaby) from MotoGP rider Casey Stoner and he recently learned bogan (think Aussie Chav) from Momo's blog, although he quaintly mispronounced it boogan.
Most of all he enjoys how we abbreviate words and stick an O at the end of them. Like rego for car registration, metho for methylated spirits, milko for milkman, and the perennial favourite, ambo for an ambulance driver.
It's getting to the point where he thinks we do this for every single word in existence. I was chatting to The Mothership on the phone recently and debriefed Gareth afterward, telling him that she'd just been in Thredbo.
"In Thredbo? What's a thredbo?"
"Thredbo! The town. In the Snowy Mountains."
"Thredbo," he snorted. "That's not a real place."
"It is. It's Australia's premier alpine resort!"
"I'm telling you, it's true!"
"Ohhh. I thought that's what you'd say if your clothes were all old and threadbare. CRIKEY mate, me pants've gone thredbo!"