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Hotword: Bludgers...




Since the early 20th century the term bludger has had two meanings. It is used to describe a person who is lazy or idle, or who takes something for nothing and so appears to live off the efforts of others.

What makes it hot?

Bludger is hot because it is used as a term of abuse to suggest that people are exploiting something. For example, calling someone a “dole bludger” implies that they are exploiting the unemployment benefits system. This is considered very “un-Australian

The term bludger is particularly hot when it is used to stereotype all individuals from a particular group without consideration for their specific circumstances.

Date Added:

10 March 2002