larrikin


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lar·ri·kin

 (lăr′ĭ-kĭn)
n. Australian
A person given to comical or outlandish behavior.

[Origin unknown.]

larrikin

(ˈlærɪkɪn)
n
1. a mischievous person
2. (as modifier): a larrikin bloke.
3. a hooligan
[C19: from English dialect: a mischievous youth]
Translations

larrikin

n (Austral inf) → Rowdy m
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"To all intents and purposes, the fast-talking, wisecracking, larrikin Johnson disappeared from public life, for while he concentrated on his role as Scotland's director of rugby the SRU seemed determined that he should be airbrushed from history.
But when the RFU employed Jones (right), they employed him because, not only was he a top coach, but he was a bit of a larrikin, rough at the edges, unafraid to ruffle feathers.
A larrikin is their term for a 'boisterous, often badlybehaved young man, a mischievous, uncultivated, rowdy but good-hearted young person'.
Personally, I think it's part of the Australian psyche that we want to be taken seriously on the world scale, whereas I think one of our best assets in this country is our humour, our larrikin side.
Larrikin Music Publishing - who had bought the song rights for Kookaburra in 1990 from the estate of Sinclair, who had died two years earlier - then sued Colin, fellow songwriter Ron Strykert and EMI.
Eddie is a funny little chap who is having a great time in England being feted by all and sundry, largely on the basis that he is a bit of a larrikin (an Antipodean term for fun-loving maverick who loves to break the rules...in England we might call him a herbert or prat) who is jazzing up the staid world of Twickers with his breezy comments and can-do attitude.
Bruce Molloy (1990, 89) states that "'[o]cker' is a slang term for an unsophisticated Australian male, whose behaviour is characterised by crudity, insensitivity and bad taste." Relatedly, writing on the history of the larrikin, Melissa Bellanta (2012, xii) asserts "for a little less than a century now, larrikinism has played a key role in myths about what it means to be Australian." Defining this important 'Aussie' figure, Bellanta (2012, xii) explains:
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He takes aim at the misrepresented concept of the typical larrikin Digger that has survived in Australian folklore through shocking accounts of soldiers that disobeyed, deserted and even murdered their fellow comrades.
to explain his job to a country reared on stories of larrikin [ne'er-do-wells saved from the gaol by dint of enlistment] Anzacs."
I'm quite a larrikin. People don't necessarily always see that side of me, but I'm a little bit of a jokester," revealed the gorgeous lady to the magazine.