When go_manly strutted these boards I remember a thread that explored the word 'bogan' - I won't go into it in detail now, but it is a snobbish and disparaging description of someone who has probably received little education, and is proud of that? The 'bogan' may assert their anti-intellectual views on life 'loudly', in life-style, dress sense. In Australia there is a geographical element. But ultimately the expression says more about the speaker than the object of the label.
Last night I was at an event where a Chinese guy was translating for some Australians speaking to a Chinese audience. One of the Aussies mentioned bogans - and I could 'feel' the tension in the translators face. (He had no idea what it was.)
I spoke to him later and said I don't think it can be translated - because there are no bogans in China. I also noted that the word was used wrongly - the guy who said it meant something else - he meant someone who is essentially artistically illiterate - no 'appreciation of art.' 'Bogan' drags in all kinds of other connotations.
Any views on this?
1. I would love to hear the most innovative translation of bogan for a Chinese audience. [Jenny Zhu - would you like to take this question? You must have met bogans in Sydney?]
2. I would also like to hear a discussion about how you would describe someone who is artistically illiterate, someone who does not appreciate anything about art. 'Cold' to art, you might say.
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