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Why Canada = CDN? Australia = OZ?  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3836 posts, RR: 51
Posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1221 times:

Here's a question that's been on my mind for some time now: Why is the Canadian currency abbreviated CDN, and also the bumper stickers for the cars, and in many other contexts? Cadana? Shouldn't the D and the N be the other way around?

Also, why is Australia always referred to as OZ? Is it because it kind of sounds like OZtralia?


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User currently offlinePerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1205 times:

why is Australia always referred to as OZ? is it because it kind of sounds like OZtralia

Yep, and probably because to others it seems a bit like that place Dorothy visited.

Can't answer the first part of your question though.

The international abbrevation for Australia is AUS whereas the currency is AUD (Australian dollar I guess).

PGF


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1199 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
CDN

CDN=Canadian/Canadien depending on your preference . . .


User currently offlineOzGuy From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 392 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
Is it because it kind of sounds like OZtralia?

Yep, I'd say so. Personally I really like american accents so it doesn't bother me but I think you guys would pronounce Australia closer to the way we do if it were spelt Ostralia.

plus, OzGuy just wouldn't have the same charm if spelt AusGuy...  Wink


User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1191 times:
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Actually the Canadian dollar is abbreviated as CAD and not CDN.

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You are correct about the AUS part of Australia. With time, many people started abbreviating the word Australia with Oz and today you will commonly hear people refer to Australia as Oz. It became part of the vast collection of "Aussie slang" words.

We experience it quite a lot in South Africa as well. With 11 official languages there is much to choose from and you will often hear black South Africans using English or Afrikaans words in their sentences whenever they don't have a similar word available in their particular language. However, this is not bound to black South Africans. White South Africans also have their fair share of slang - you will for instance almost never hear the word "barbeque" used in South Africa. We refer to it as a "braai".

Point being, its slang and not "proper language", but what the hell! We love to use it!

Rgds

SA7700



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1178 times:

Its actually Aussie not Ozzie. Aussie comes from our way to abreviate every single word possible and as a result we have Aus. OZ has probably been handed to us courtesy of some ignorant idiot who associated the word after watching ths Wizard of OZ, and was simply to lazy, to to stupid, to work out the spelling of Aussie.

In terms of currency our is refered to as AUD and not OZ. Anyone doing so is incorrect, ignorant and stupid.


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1170 times:

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 5):
Aussie comes from our way to abreviate every single word possible and as a result we have Aus.

A revolting practice - in any form. That includes the 'correct' spelling of 'Aussie'.



FFS - slang, it's like cat food toilet spray.

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User currently offlinePerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

A revolting practice

Agreed - it's a disgusting New South Wales thing - abbreviate a word and add "ie" on the end.

Unfortunately it's crossed the Nullabor and spread to all parts of the country.

PGF


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8463 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1100 times:
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Quoting SA7700 (Reply 4):
We refer to it as a "braai".

Braai is not slang, it is short for braaivleis, or grilled meat. Good Afrikaans term.



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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1052 times:
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Quoting Andz (Reply 8):
Braai is not slang, it is short for braaivleis, or grilled meat. Good Afrikaans term.

Andz, you are spot on there; but remember that a word like "steak" has also found its way into the official Afrikaans/English dictionary. While we may find it acceptable, some language purists deem it a no-no.

Come to think of it, we have had a floodgate of new words and terms opened upon us in the past few years here in SA. Scholars are now referred to as learners, teachers - educators. Oh and there are some people who are REALLY particular about it. Moenie jou taal so mix nie, dis terrible!

Have a nice one Big grin

SA7700



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