Arc Up

I’ve heard this one a lot in Australia, but funnily enough, the incident that made this word memorable happened in Canada. Actually, it happened while crashing at an Aussie friend’s house in Whistler, so I guess one could argue that this event DID happen in Australia. Anyways, while relaxing in the evening, a commercial that was slightly offensive to women appeared. The exchange went roughly like this between the two Aussies sitting on the couch:

“That’s sexist!”

“What do you care? You’re not a woman.”

“Yeah, but if women are going to keep complaining about sexism, we may as well start arcing up about it.”

So, “arcing up” as I understand it, means to bitch or complain about some general issue in an unnecessarily enthusiastic or belligerent way. If anyone thinks I’m wrong, go ahead and arc up at me.



Not to be restricted to rednecks with southern drawls, reckon is alive and well in the Australian lexicon. When I use this word in Canada, I’ll get odd looks, depending on the company I’m in. Some people smile, some snicker, and some give me an incredulous and condescending, “you reckon do you?One friend even told me point blank that I sounded illiterate, but I am a staunch believer in using this word. It sounds a lot less know-it-all-y than “I think” which, let’s face it, get’s repetitive after awhile. Knowingly trying to bring back a less pretentious word might simply make one even more pretentious, but in any case, my inner English grammar nerd (re: inner nihilistic hipster) gets a kick out of bringing back this word that no one else in Canada seems to want.