Girt?!
WTF is girt?

 

ha! you mustn't be from round these parts...

"Girt by sea" is a quote from Australia's Nation Anthem.

The word girt, however, certainly lays claim to being significant in Australian English. The verb gird (meaning 'to surround, encircle') is from Old English, and its past tense and past participle was girded. And, as a result of this, in the early 1500s a new verb to girt appeared as a synonym for to gird.

And seeing as you enjoy fun facts - here's the full lyrics to our anthem:

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

 

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

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