Join for free
Reply
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Psmith
Senior Member
Psmith is offline
melbourne australia
Joined: Dec 2016
Posts: 1,769
Psmith is male  Psmith has posted at least 25 times and has been a member for 3 months or more 
 
11-07-2019, 04:43 AM
1

Sheilas

There's some really interesting girls doing pop in Oz and Nz at the moment.This is one :

Reply With Quote
Psmith
Senior Member
Psmith is offline
melbourne australia
Joined: Dec 2016
Posts: 1,769
Psmith is male  Psmith has posted at least 25 times and has been a member for 3 months or more 
 
11-07-2019, 04:46 AM
2

Re: Sheilas

Another:

Reply With Quote
Silver Tabby's Avatar
Silver Tabby
Chatterbox
Silver Tabby is online now
God's own county!
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 18,032
Silver Tabby is female  Silver Tabby has posted at least 25 times and has been a member for 3 months or more 
 
11-07-2019, 05:29 AM
3

Re: Sheilas

Why are females in OZ known as 'Sheilas'? What is the history behind that?
Reply With Quote
keezoy
Senior Member
keezoy is offline
Sydney, Australia
Joined: Apr 2019
Posts: 921
keezoy is male  keezoy has posted at least 25 times and has been a member for 3 months or more 
 
11-07-2019, 10:03 AM
4

Re: Sheilas

Originally Posted by Silver Tabby ->
Why are females in OZ known as 'Sheilas'? What is the history behind that?
"Sheila" is an old world Australia term. Like "Cobber" (Friend) or "Bonza" (Very good). AS far as I know it has Irish origins. You might find some younger people using the term as a nostalgic joke or when they are being an "exaggerated Australian" To amuse a tourist; Usually an English one. But you wouldn't find anybody under 95 years old using it in a serious sense. Women don't generally like being called "Sheilas" much. There is a theory that it used to connotate sex work but that is apochryphal. MOre broadly it is simply a woman who likes the company of men and has a sense of humour. It was seldom meant as a derogatory term for women I think. Same as "Pom" is seldom meant as a derogatory term for English. In my experience it has more often been a rough edged compliment to a woman. Like "She's not stuck up (Snobbish) she's a good sheila.
Reply With Quote
Psmith
Senior Member
Psmith is offline
melbourne australia
Joined: Dec 2016
Posts: 1,769
Psmith is male  Psmith has posted at least 25 times and has been a member for 3 months or more 
 
11-07-2019, 08:53 PM
5

Re: Sheilas

Sorry,cobber.I have to dis-agree.After considerable research I have discovered it is because all the women on the first ship to arrive were called Sheila.

I've been here 13 years and this is the first time I've seen it used.
Reply With Quote
Psmith
Senior Member
Psmith is offline
melbourne australia
Joined: Dec 2016
Posts: 1,769
Psmith is male  Psmith has posted at least 25 times and has been a member for 3 months or more 
 
11-07-2019, 09:39 PM
6

Re: Sheilas

Reply With Quote
Bruce's Avatar
Bruce
Chatterbox
Bruce is online now
Wollongong, Australia
Joined: Apr 2012
Posts: 10,306
Bruce is male  Bruce has posted at least 25 times and has been a member for 3 months or more 
 
12-07-2019, 03:12 AM
7

Re: Sheilas

Originally Posted by Psmith ->
Sorry,cobber.I have to dis-agree.After considerable research I have discovered it is because all the women on the first ship to arrive were called Sheila.

I've been here 13 years and this is the first time I've seen it used.
When I arrived in the mid 60s, sheila, cobber, zac, fair dinkum, wog (meaning illness), crook (meaning sick or bad) were all in common use but over the years they have slowly been discarded with the Americanisation of the language. You still hear them used occasionally in the bush by old fellas.
Reply With Quote
Ciderman's Avatar
Ciderman
Senior Member
Ciderman is offline
Masterton, New Zealand
Joined: Apr 2017
Posts: 535
Ciderman is male  Ciderman has posted at least 25 times and has been a member for 3 months or more 
 
12-07-2019, 04:12 AM
8

Re: Sheilas

Yes Drongos, Poms, Ockers He's a dag! But you're right you don't hear them as often as you used to.
Reply With Quote
Silver Tabby's Avatar
Silver Tabby
Chatterbox
Silver Tabby is online now
God's own county!
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 18,032
Silver Tabby is female  Silver Tabby has posted at least 25 times and has been a member for 3 months or more 
 
12-07-2019, 05:18 AM
9

Re: Sheilas

Thank you for all the answers!
Reply With Quote
keezoy
Senior Member
keezoy is offline
Sydney, Australia
Joined: Apr 2019
Posts: 921
keezoy is male  keezoy has posted at least 25 times and has been a member for 3 months or more 
 
12-07-2019, 06:09 AM
10

Re: Sheilas

Originally Posted by Bruce ->
When I arrived in the mid 60s, sheila, cobber, zac, fair dinkum, wog (meaning illness), crook (meaning sick or bad) were all in common use but over the years they have slowly been discarded with the Americanisation of the language. You still hear them used occasionally in the bush by old fellas.
I agree with most of those there. But I think many people still use crook for sick. I still say "fair dinkum" myself all the time. I'm no bushie. City boy through and through. It's just something I have always said and never thought of stopping.
Reply With Quote
Reply
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >

Thread Tools


© Copyright 2009, Over50sForum   Contact Us | Over 50s Forum! | Archive | Privacy Statement | Terms of Use | Top

Powered by vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.