If you were on Twitter in 2014, you doubtlessly remember the Great Potato Dialect War that waged across Australia’s state borders for weeks on end. Like most wars, it got ugly, and there were no clear winners on either side.
Now, interstate hostilities have flared up again via a spate of snarky game reviews on JB Hi-Fi. It’s time we put an end to this conflict once and for all…
As we pointed out at the time, the “correct” answer depends on where you live. The term “potato scallop” is primarily used in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia, while “potato cake” is preferred by Victorians and Tasmanians. Just to be different, South Australia goes with “potato fritter”.
It makes sense to use whichever term is most popular in your home state and modify usage while travelling. But what about when you’re trying to talk to all Australians, like we are right now?
We realise we’re never going to solve this debate – at this point, any chance of reconciliation would require the tragic death of a star-crossed lover from either camp, montague and capulet style. However, one thing we can do is officially decide what we will be calling them on Lifehacker from this moment forth.
While based in NSW, Lifehacker is aimed at all Australians – so we’re willing to adopt ‘cake’ or even ‘fritter’ if this is what the majority of readers want. Cast your vote below!