One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Australian serviceman of the First World War.‘whether you were a six bob a day tourist or a staff officer, the risk was the same’
- ‘Three weeks and one day later, Oscar was on his way on the Seuvic, a happy and excited 'six-bob-a-day' tourist.’
- ‘For Australia, 416,809 men enlisted (about 13 per cent of the white male population) and 331,000 of them sailed overseas to be 'six-bob a day tourists' and to fight.’
- ‘Fights broke out when the soldiers were ridiculed as 'six bob a day tourists'.’
- ‘Some in the Australian press were convinced that the men who joined the AIF would be nothing but 'six bob a day tourists'.’
- ‘Anything exotic on which the six-bob-a-day tourists could spend their money was fair game, before their collective hangovers met their waiting transport.’
Early 20th century: with reference to the soldiers' daily rate of pay.
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