On the train the other night, I heard a woman ask – completely naturally in conversation – “Fair dinkum?”.
This ever-so-Australian of phrases just doesn’t often come up in conversation and it got me thinking that I’d never really wondered where it came from.
Seems there are two theories about this. One places it in the British Midlands as a term for honest work, and the other places it in the Australian gold fields as an anglicisation of the Cantonese for good gold.
Personally, I like them both!
And for those who aren’t familiar with fair dinkum as a phrase, it’s used to mean honest, true or genuine.