Australian Dopers: Yannies?

I’ve just heard Men at Work’s Down by the Sea. There’s one part that says “Yannies in the wind”. What are “yannies”?

And who is Captain Benbow?

No bloody idea, mate. It might be some weird regional thing. I’ll try and find out yor you.

It’s ‘yonnies’ not’ yannies’.
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/ling/stories/s269053.htm
We had only recently come across this word, which often appears in the collocation ‘to piff yonnies’ (yonnie is a Victorian word for ‘stone’ or ‘pebble’).

Hmm, a lyrics site I just went to had the word as “yonnies”. I googled that and got a site that said it is a Victorian regional word for “stone” (I’m from New South Wales, so I haven’t heard it).

Then I went to the good old Macquarie Dictionary, and they say “yonnie” is an Australian colloquial term for a stone, especially one used for throwing. There were no entries for “yannie”, “yanny”, or “yonny”.

It’s a new one on me though.

Well, that makes sense in a gale.

Any idea who Captain Benbow is? A real person? A fictional character? Or maybe they just made it up for the song?

[sub]FWIW, I have read The Loaded Dog. :slight_smile: [/sub]

Well, that makes sense in a gale.

Any idea who Captain Benbow is? A real person? A fictional character? Or maybe they just made it up for the song?

[sub]FWIW, I have read The Loaded Dog. :slight_smile: [/sub]

Well, I’m from Victoria and I never heard it either.

Did I just lose some True Blue Aussie Brownie points there?

(I opened this thread expecting that the OP would turn out to be a typo/mishearing for yabbies )

Well, I believe that Treasure Island starts in the Admiral Benbow Inn…

I’m old, and the term ‘yonnies’ went out before even my time as a stone-piffer. However, casting into the dark recesses of my failing memory, I seem to recall that the term might also have been used to describe the smaller balls in marbles…y’know, yonnies and cat-eyes and tom-bowlers and all of that.

As far as Captain Benbow goes, no idea. However, Strongbow is a commercial variety of cider. Hmmmmm. Haven’t had a Strongbow Draught in yonks. What time is it? Is the bottle-shop open?
See ya’s…be back soon.

Strongbow’s evil shite, I tellya!

I thought it was linked to the folksong Brave Benbow but after braving some hideous midi-endowed sites, I’m forced to conclude I am wrong because he doesn’t seem to have any connection to Australia.

I do have South Australia and Captain Benbow linked in my brain but damned if I know why and I’m not pulling up anything on google.

This is Captain Benbow, although he was an Admiral when he died.

http://bravebenbow.tripod.com/

What the significance is I have no idea. Maybe the line “Admiral Benbow is remembered in pubs scattered throughout the English speaking world, and in literature in the opening scene of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson” gives a hint.

Howdy Prim…at least it’s a better drop than that damned Scrumpy they used to sell by the bloody FLAGON in my yewth.

OMG, the tales I could tell about my escapades after a night of Scrumpy, Neil Young, Pink Floyd and…shit, whatisname…

:smiley: