budgie smugglers

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Liz A, who is Australian, referred yesterday to Australian politician Tony Abbott and his “budgie smugglers.” When I asked what that meant, she explained that it's Australian slang for tight swim trunks for men, such as Speedos. I was very amused.

(I gather that many Americans don't know that “budgie,” short for “budgerigar,” means roughly the same thing as “parakeet.” Turns out “budgerigar” derives from “gijirrigaa,” from the Australian aboriginal language Yuwaalaraay, which Wikipedia says is a dialect of Gamilaraay.)

I now see that there's a similar term elsewhere: “grape smugglers.” But I like “budgie smugglers” better.