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


  • Pronunciation 1
  • Ethnic usage 2
  • Chants 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


In Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland, the word is pronounced (Australian English [ˈɔzi]), with a /z/ sound;[2] however, in the United States, it is most often pronounced with an /s/ sound.[7][8][9] Pronouncing the word with an /s/ in place of the /z/ is considered by Australians to be a canonically American error.

Ethnic usage

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).[10]


See also


  1. ^ Ihaka, James (15 August 2013). "Going to Aussie? Think again". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Macquarie Dictionary 5th Edition. Macmillan Publishers Australia. 2010.  
  3. ^
  4. ^ Kennett, Jeff (11 November 2011). "C'mon Aussie, let's grow up". Herald Sun. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Wall, Mick (2012). AC/DC: Hell Aint a Bad Place to Be. London: Orion Publishing group.  
  7. ^ Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., 1961 (repr. 2002).
  8. ^ MSN Encarta Dictionary, North American edition. [1] Retrieved on 7 June 2007. Archived 2009-10-31.
  9. ^ Webster's New World College Dictionary, Wiley, 2004.
  10. ^ Hirst, John (2005). Sense and Nonsense in Australian History. Black Inc. Agenda. pp. 11–13.  
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