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Aussie[1] is Australian slang for Australian, both the adjective and the noun, and less commonly, Australia.[2][3][4][5][6] Aussie can be used in the form of an adjective,[7] noun,[8][9] or proper noun.


In Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, the word is pronounced /ˈɒzi/, hence the alternative form Ozzie;[3] however, in the United States, it is most often pronounced /ˈɔːsi/ AW-see.[10][11][12] Pronouncing the word with a /s/ is considered by Australians to be a canonically American error.[citation needed]

Ethnic usage[edit]

Aussie is used defensively by some Australians as a term of identification for people and as a nickname for the traditional cultural group (of Anglo-Celtic descent).[13]


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  1. ^ "What does AUSSIE mean? - AUSSIE Definition - Meaning of AUSSIE". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  2. ^ Ihaka, James (15 August 2013). "Going to Aussie? Think again". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b Macquarie Dictionary 5th Edition. Macmillan Publishers Australia. 2010. ISBN 9781876429669.
  4. ^ "C'mon Aussie: cricket anthem reprised to get bums on seats". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  5. ^ Kennett, Jeff (11 November 2011). "C'mon Aussie, let's grow up". Herald Sun. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  6. ^ Wall, Mick (2012). AC/DC: Hell Aint a Bad Place to Be. London: Orion Publishing group. ISBN 978-1-4091-1535-9.
  7. ^ "Aussie definition and meaning". Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Aussie | Define Aussie at". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Aussie | Definition of Aussie by Merriam-Webster". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  10. ^ Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., 1961 (repr. 2002).
  11. ^ MSN Encarta Dictionary, North American edition. [1] Retrieved on 7 June 2007. Archived 2009-10-31.
  12. ^ Webster's New World College Dictionary, Wiley, 2004.
  13. ^ Hirst, John (2005). Sense and Nonsense in Australian History. Black Inc. Agenda. pp. 11–13. ISBN 0-9750769-9-X.

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