Shaka, Mate

Squeezed August 19, 2005

And we thought it was ridiculous when an Army general in Iraq decided to clamp down on the “shaka” sign between Hawaii soldiers.

Apparently our brothers down under are dealing with similar circumstances. Say the word “Australia” and what probably comes to mind is the word, “mate.” It’s so much a part of Australian national identity, and the main part of exported Australian culture.

So you can imagine the uproar when security guards at the Australian parliament were prohibited from using “mate” when greeting visitors. Apparently that didn’t sit well with the Prime Minister, who had the order rescinded.

What’s next? Banning Southerners from saying, “y’all”?

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