Mates rates

Mates rates

Mates rates are special prices or discounts offered to friends. "Mates rates" is a colloquialism more commonly used in Australia and New Zealand.

Origin

The origin of the term is unclear, however it is commonly related to the colloquial use of "mate" and the concept of "mateship", popularised in World War I by Australian and New Zealand soldiers, whose memory and special bond is celebrated in the ANZAC legend. "Mate" is considered to be a contracted form of mutual aid,Fact|date=May 2008 which supports the common definition of providing special rates or subsidised pricing to "mates". Whether this is the word's actual origin is unknown.

History

It is uncertain whether the mass media followed popular use or vice versa. The earliest media appearance of "mates rates" appears to be on November 17, 1986, when the Brisbane edition of the Telegraph newspaper published an article that included, "The Premier ... had travelled to Japan to raise a loan from Japanese financiers at ‘mates' rates."

"Mates rates" made its first appearance in widely respected English dictionaries in 1997, when it was published in The Macquarie Dictionary (3rd Edition) and The Dictionary of New Zealand English, edited by H. Orsman, signalling acceptance of the word into every day language. Earlier dictionary publication, whilst possible, is unknown.

The word has also appeared in subsequent dictionaries including:

*The Australian Oxford Dictionary (2nd Edition, 2004)
*The Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary (4th Edition, 2004)

Usage

"Mates rates" is commonly used in informal situations between individuals and has also been more formally adopted across a wide range of industries as a marketing term implying prices that are below ordinary retail price.

ee also

*ANZAC spirit


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