Anonymous asked in TravelAustraliaGeneral - Australia · 9 years ago

What is the origin of the term, "Aussie", meaning a person from Australia?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    The word Australia means South Asia.

    It was first used by Charles de Brosses in 1756 as the word Australasia in Histoire des Navigations aux Terres Australes.

    As it is quite a long word, over time people use the slang Aussie as an abbreviation for Australian.

    So in a way, when we call ourselves Aussie we actually calling ourselves South Asians lol too funy

    Bet you most bogans don't know this.

    Source(s): Did a uni subject on Australia history
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  • 9 years ago

    Well Australians have long had a tradition of using the -y abbrevation

    Breakfast is breaky

    Bribane is Brissy

    Christmas is Chrissy

    A lot Australia slang has its origins in cockney slang and others can be traced to Scots or Irish words. However in this case i would say Aussie is a home grown Aussie thing.

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    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    It's a contracton of "Australian" or, less commonly, of "Australia". It was first recorded in 1917, and seems to have been coined by British soldiers to refer to Australian soldiers, but the Australians adopted it for themselves very quickly.

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  • 9 years ago

    Its just an abbreviation of Australia.

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  • 9 years ago

    There is no 'origin' as such,it is just an abbreviation of the word Australian.

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