Durry is an Australian term for a 'cigarette'. Sidney Baker in The Australian Language (1945; 1966) suggests that the word has been in Australian English since the early twentieth century, but written evidence does not appear until the 1940s. 1976 A. Weller, Bastards I have Met: Here's a Crot slumped in the saddle, shirt out, feet out of the irons, reins on the horse's neck and a durry stuck to his lip. 1982 Sydney Morning Herald: Cigarettes, also known as durries, lungbusters and backnails are still smoked behind the toilet block after school. 1985 Tracks: Old schooler Iama Mowl made her debut as a surfie chick with a formal introduction by some guys on the beach: 'Hey you. Got a durrie?' Forever obliging the die was cast. The origin of the term is unknown. G.A. Wilkes, A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms, tentatively suggests 'from Hindi dhurri, a cotton carpet of Indian manufacture'. David Bradley, Australian Journal of Linguistics (1989) suggests that it may be derived from a widely used brand of loose tobacco used for roll-your-owns, Bull Durham, clipped and resuffixed with the most productive suffix for forming new colloquial words in Australian English'.

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