On the subject of sweeties:
What I understand Americans to call candy and Irish and British people to call sweets are called something else by Australians. Lollies.
Is that right, Australian WO-ers?
An Australian lady held out a bag of Jelly Babies to me on a train not so long ago and offered me a lolly. The word she used was familiar to me in a different context so it stumped me a bit to hear her using it for the things she did use it for. But I accepted her kind offer of a Jelly Baby*.
In the UK and Ireland a lolly is short for a lollipop which is only ever some sort of sweet on a stick that children - and often teenage girls and Kojak - suck upon. An ice lolly is a frozen confection, also on a stick. So what do Australians call what I’d call a lolly, then?
*Jelly babies are fruit flavoured jelly sweets/candies/lollies in the shape of ...well… babies, in case anyone needs any clarification on that!