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Aussie Life

Language

16 March 2024

9:00 AM

16 March 2024

9:00 AM

When we use Old Aussie we might call a bloke a ‘cove’ – but why? Why is an adult male likened to a coastal inlet? The answer is: he’s not. The two ‘coves’ here are homonyms – different words with different histories that (quite accidentally) are spelled and spoken the same.

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