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Aussie is Australian slang for the words Australia,[1] and Australian, and can be used in the form of an adjective, noun or proper noun. As a proper noun, Australians themselves never use it to refer to the country itself, though this usage is common in New Zealand.[2]


In Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, and Ireland, the word is pronounced /ˈɒzi/ OZ-ee (Australian English [ˈɔzi]), with a /z/ sound;[3] however, in the United States and Canada, it is most often pronounced /ˈɔːsi/ AW-see with an /s/ sound.[4][5][6] Pronouncing the word with an /s/ in place of the /z/ is considered by Australians to be a canonically American error —similar to pronouncing the last syllables of Melbourne and Brisbane as "born" and "bane", respectively, rather than with a reduced vowel.

Ethnic usage[edit]

Aussie is used defensively by some Australians as a term of identification for people of the traditional cultural group (of Anglo-Celtic descent).[7]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ihaka, James (15 August 2013). "Going to Aussie? Think agai". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Claire Harvey, Aussie farewell to life in "Kiwi". Retrieved 3 Jan 2014.
  3. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  4. ^ Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., 1961 (repr. 2002).
  5. ^ MSN Encarta Dictionary, North American edition. [1] Retrieved on 7 June 2007. Archived 2009-10-31.
  6. ^ Webster's New World College Dictionary, Wiley, 2004.
  7. ^ Hirst, John (2005). Sense and Nonsense in Australian History. Black Inc. Agenda. pp. 11–13. ISBN 0-9750769-9-X. 
  8. ^ Miracle Down Under: How New Zealand Farmers Prosper without Subsidies or Protection Center For Free Trade Studies Bulletin, retrieved 13 October 2008