4 thoughts on “Putting on the Dog”

  1. I don’t know – we had already eaten, and spotted the balloon festival by chance. They seem to be be pretty darned popular in Abilene, to judge by their Facebook page.I thought it was a marvelous marketing presence, myself.

    Australian? I don’t know where it came from – maybe it is a Californian expression. It’s one of those that I have known so long that I just don’t know where it came from!

  2. Sgt –

    In Australia if one is “putting on the dog” they are pretentious – i.e., “putting on airs”.

    But don’t consider me to be the final authority ;-)

    When I was in Australia in the 80s, Crocodile Dundee was, as they like to say, the “flavor (flavour!) of the month – I was giving my best Paul Hogan imitation to this rather aristocratic sales woman in Melbourne’s exclusive Dept store (George’s? – on Collins St or in TX terms – Nieman Marcus) – anyway their Saks Fifth Avenue – after listening to my “she’ll be right, mate” and “what do you reckon?” said, “Look, we don’t talk like that here!”

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