wowser


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wowser

Austral and NZ slang
a teetotaller
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Using Genome Wowser, a researcher can traverse the human genome just like planning a travel route on Google Maps.
Applying this rule quickly disposed of e-mailers who firmly told me that digs, a British word for lodgings, is actually from 'Dine-In GuestS', that the outmoded Australian term wowser for an excessively puritanical person is an acronym of 'We Only Want Social Evils Remedied', that gaff a British colloquialism for one's place of residence, derives from 'General Address For Friends', that news is actually a telegraphic abbreviation for 'North, East, South, and West', and that hep is an anti-Semitic slogan from 'Hierosolyma Est Perdita', Jerusalem is lost.
MN mummeries / nunneries MR madam / radar MT manism / tanist MW momser / wowser MY mama / yaya MP mammiferous / pappiferous MS maim / sals MV mimer / viver MX Merom (IN) / Xerox MZ bumming / buzzing
McKay was a devout Presbyterian and wowser, values somewhat at odds with many in his workforce, and had an enmity for the nascent Australian labour movement.
[When we have a meal with some members of our family], as happened recently, you know there're always some snide remarks about, you know, being a wowser; "Oh, you know, George's a wowser, so he won't, he won't want our champagne" or something like that.
It's too personal, and you know, you're [called] a wowser or you're a whatever.'
He resigned his own safe north coast seat and allowed Barton to successfully contest the by-election--which developed a sectarian aspect, with Catholics supporting Barton against a 'wowser' challenger.
And that, indeed, is what Marr seems to think Australian politics is increasingly about: the resurgent wowser tendency having its day in the sun, tut-tutting at all it surveys, the better to lead us all (or at any rate, the elect) to eternal life.
There's potting soil for a wowser conspiracy theory.
Previously, Telecable co-produced two animated series, Oxtails and Wowser with Saban.
There's some good news for Microsoft as the recently launched Surface tablet has drawn a "Wowser," from the celebrity talk show Czarina - Oprah Winfrey.
You wake up in the morning and instead of stumbling to the mirror and trying to avert your gaze from Grim Reality, you catch a glimpse and go 'WOWSER! I look human!') More innocuously, I also have fetish for the little golden ballpoint I picked up while travelling with Pete earlier this year.