Olympic spirit – our national anthem under review

It’s been encouraging to see our medal tally go up this week with the additional colour of gold as well as a sprinkling of silver and bronze. This morning I watched a repeat of our very own Sally Pearson being presented with a gold medal and listened to our national anthem. The anthem goes a little something like this:

Australians all let us rejoice,

For we are young and free;

We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;

Our home is girt by sea;

Our land abounds in nature’s gifts;

Of beauty rich and rare,

In history’s page, let every stage

Advance Australia Fair

In joyful strains then let us sing

Advance Australia Fair

I would like to make two observations.

Firstly that nothing nice seems to rhyme with Australia. I can only think of two words: failure and genitalia. No wonder the composer Peter Dodds McCormick stuck  “fair” on the end. It could have been a national embarrassment!

Secondly I have never come across the word girt in any other context. It means “surrounded by”. I tried to incorporate it into everyday speech today:

My lounge room is girt by toddler toys strewn from one end of the lounge room to the other.

I couldn”t think of another example so I came up with a limerick instead.

“There once was girl called Girt

Who liked to play in the dirt.

She would go out after nine to play in the sunshine

And always ended up with a grubby shirt.”

A much better use of the word girt. Can you use it in everyday speech?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Fuzzy
    Aug 10, 2012 @ 01:46:16

    When I was younger, I thought the first line was “Australians all eat ostrichs”. No joke….


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