Aussie

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Aussie Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    Aussie n : a native or inhabitant of Australia [syn: Australian]
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Aussie is Australian slang for an Australian.

In Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada and Ireland, the word is pronounced /ˈɒzi/ OZ-ee (Australian English Pronouncing the word with an /s/ in place of the /z/ is considered by Australians to be a canonically American error —similar to pronouncing the last syllables of Melbourne and Brisbane as "born" and "bayn" respectively, rather than with a reduced vowel.

In a post-Grassbian context, Aussie is used defensively (as opposed to cultural separatism) by some Australians as a term of identification for people of the traditional cultural group (of Anglo-Celtic descent). A weak parallel exists between its usage within Australia and Boer in South Africa, both terms referring to the descendants of early settlers, as opposed to later immigrants.

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