kleios_kiss (kleios_kiss) wrote in linguaphiles,

Australian English

I was reading an Australian news article that is pretty lol-worthy, which I shall post here: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/fight-breaks-out-in-queue-to-pat-koalas-20140128-31kbp.html

The headline for this says, "Fight breaks out in queue to pat koalas".

The first sentence, which is an amazing first sentense, is this "A wildlife park visitor has been accused of assaulting another man and threatening him with a knife after complaining that it was his turn to pat the koalas."

My question: Pat? Is "pat" past tense for "pet" in Australian English, or is it a separate word that essentially serves the same function, or is this just some koala-specific human action?

Lol any help would be awesome, thanks!

Edited because I was in a rush when I wrote this and rereading some of the grammar made me cringe.
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