Use this to help you with words and phrases found in the book.
- Adhikrit Subba
- Elephant section officer (elephant handler).
- British carpet manufacturer.
- Ayo Gorkhali!
- The fierce war-cry of the Ghurkhas.
- Small Australian animals which look half-way between a mouse and a rabbit.
- A deep buzzing, throbbing mechanical sound.
- A chicken.
- Swimming costume, bathers, trunks. Clothes to swim in.
- The cravat is a neckband, the forerunner of the modern tailored necktie and bow tie.
- Sandal-like footwear made of rubber. Called "thongs" in Australia.
- Australian slang for a rumour, or an erroneous or improbable story.
The word comes from the gossip stories told around the water carts made by John Furphy & Sons and used in the First World War.
- The Turkish name for Gallipoli.
- An egg. Pronounced like "good", except with a "g".
- Jump-jet fighter aircraft used by the British which can take off and land vertically.
- A flavoured ice-block (or popsicle) for eating.
- Johnny Turk
- The name that the ANZACs gave to their Turkish foes.
- keep cockatoo
- To be the look-out. To keep watch, like a cockatoo (bird) up in a tree.
- Kinder Surprise
- A chocolate egg containing a small toy.
- The keeper and driver of an elephant. Pronounced "mah-hoot" ("oo" as in cook).
- The Royal Mews is a combined stables and carriage house of the British Royal Family at Buckingham Palace.
- Nepali Hattisar
- Government elephant stables of Nepal.
- nesting box
- What kookaburras think human's apartments look like.
- A snack or light meal.
- Short for cockatoos. Also an "ocker" is an Australian who speaks and acts in an uncultured manner.
- Martial arts practised by penguins, in particular, the First Royal Manly Squadron.
- Smart and fashionable. It comes from the phrase "port out, starboard home" which referred to the best (expensive) side of the ship for cruising.
- A postilion rider is the driver of a horse-drawn coach, mounted on one of the drawing horses.
- Rhyming-slang for pub.
- A small amount of something. Short for smidegeon.
- Someone who is sulky or complaining. Pronounced like "look".
- Nosey person, someone who minds other peoples business.
- This has nothing to do with mobile phones – it's the way penguins talk.
- Complaining or protesting, especially in an annoying or persistent manner.
- A mechanism to distribute force evenly through linkages on a coach.