Sunday, 16 November 2014

Here and There: Ambulance Service

Above, the ambulance service base for the small Australian town I grew up in; 
below, its equivalent in Preuilly.
The ambulance service and the people who work for the service are habitually referred to these days as 'the ambos' in Australia. For a brief overview of the comparison between services in Australia and Europe, see this article by an ambo from my home town.

5 comments:

Autolycus said...

I've never quite got over discovering that an Australian binman can be known as a "garbo". But if that's your job, I can understand that you might "vant to be alone."

Susan said...

Auty: LOL. I nearly always refer to the binmen as garbos. I don't use ambos though. That term has developed since we left Australia.

Seine Judeet (Judith) said...

*LOL*... binmen?? That is a hoot to me, Ms American :) Never heard that before. We just call them "garbage men" or, more in the commercial sense, "trash haulers".

Susan said...

Judy: Even funnier is dustmen. In the UK I always said garbage men because binmen and dustmen sounded so quaint. Garbage men was understood, but 'trash' is restricted to American English.

Seine Judeet (Judith) said...

Very interesting, Susan!

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