Never heard it before but presume that someone took the Australian propensity for using "mate" to be cute ie: partnership, relationship, friendship, etc.Hi,
Can anyone tell me if this word really exists?
I think I read it once in a newspaper ( Australian, I guess ), but cannot find it in the dictionary right now.
'Mateship' is a concept that can be traced back to early colonial times. The harsh environment in which convicts and new settlers found themselves meant that men and women closely relied on each other for all sorts of help. In Australia, a 'mate' is more than just a friend. It's a term that implies a sense of shared experience, mutual respect and unconditional assistance.