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wowser

Austral and NZ slang
a teetotaller
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The term 'wowserism' is Australian slang for being uptight or adopting a 'holier than thou' mentality.
(22.) The term "wowserism," from "wow," meaning to whine, grumble, or complain, is defined in G.
Despite the mild wowserism that occasionally broke out a la Nuns in Jeopardy, it was a great place, and the librarians very pleasant people who did a lot to extend my reading range.
His monograph applauds the tough life of the colonial period, the 'flee and rugged' existence lived by the early farmers and gum-diggers, and contrasts it to suburban life, which is a 'tame and restricted sort of life a fertile soil for our national vices of stupidity, mediocrity and wowserism' (p.
I therefore discovered the pleasures of Coo-ee brand cigarettes at an abnormally early age'.(80) As late as the 1980s, this battle over the image of wowserism were still being fought out.