What is the origin of the term, "Aussie", meaning a person from Australia?
This sounds like an Ask Mike question, and it could win you 100 points if you nominate it for Best of Yahoo Answers.
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
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
- flingebuntLv 79 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.
- TwoLv 69 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.
- 9 years ago
Its just an abbreviation of Australia.
- What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
- BingaleeLv 79 years ago
There is no 'origin' as such,it is just an abbreviation of the word Australian.