Indeed that has long been my approach. Unlike some I have known I do rather avoid this: in fact I swear I have chundered no more than ten times in the last forty years. Last night was my first in The Gong – so it’s been a chunder-free zone here at The Bates Motel for four years. Until last night of course.
Food poisoning. Alas and alack! The time frame suggests it may be salmonella – or so Dr Internet suggests. Just a shame the rather spectacular chunder didn’t erupt until 4.30 am. And a blessed relief it was when it did.
I’ll go with Dr Internet’s advice for the time being. “If symptoms persist…etc” I will head for the live version.
As for the word, we do tend to think of it as Australian, but maybe it isn’t. “1920-25; orig. variously explained; perhaps ultimately an expressive formation akin to dial. (mainly N England) chunder grumble, complain…” Here is another discussion on World Wide Words:
Barry Humphries certainly popularised chunder, but be reassured that he didn’t invent it. The first recorded use is actually in the 1950 novel A Town Like Alice, by Nevil Shute. Mr Humphries himself mentioned the “watch under” story in an article in the Times Literary Supplement in 1965. He believed it, but — like you — I treat it with the very greatest suspicion, as it sounds like a classic bit of folk etymology.
The writer of the TLS article recorded that he remembered it as being common in the mid 1950s in “Victoria’s more expensive public schools”. Others have suggested that it was actually World War Two military slang.
But the most common explanation is persuasive, though it is a little tentative because it is based on anecdotal associations rather than hard evidence. It is said that it comes from a series of advertisements for Blyth and Platt’s Cobra boot polish. These appeared in the Bulletin newspaper in Sydney from 1909 on, originally drawn by the well-known Australian artist Norman Lindsay. The ads featured a character named Chunder Loo of Akim Foo and were popular enough that Norman’s brother, Lionel Lindsay, wrote and illustrated The Adventures of Chunder Loo for Blyth and Platt in 1916. The character’s name became a nickname in World War One (sometimes abbreviated to Chunder), which is where the idea of a military link may have originated…
I do trust this post has diverted you rather than offering too much information. And as for me: so far so good. Oh yes: I will be informing the probable source of the affliction in due course.