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    I have heard the word "Aussie" many times while abroad and have always considered this term as colloquial, not slang. What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabrina
    I have heard the word "Aussie" many times while abroad and have always considered this term as colloquial, not slang. What do you think?
    Sabrina, as far as I know the term AUSSIE continues to be colloquial inspite its wide use. The increment of usage does not determine its change of register.
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    As an Australian, nearly all of us refer to ourselves as 'Aussies' rather then Australains. It's the 'Australian' way

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    As I heard Argies for Argentinians... But... Is is despective?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mem286
    As I heard Argies for Argentinians... But... Is is despective?
    I wouldn't think it is desrespectful Mem. We are always discussing these nicknames that others tag us with and it generally boils down to how it is perceived by us when we are called something. As we have already learned some people are offended while others are not but Argies seems innocent enough to me because it doesn't appear to have a hidden connotation. At least none that I can imagine.
    Last edited by vicente; 10-04-2008 at 10:57 PM.
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    I don't know about the word "Aussies" but I've heard "Argies" is desrespective because the term was coined by British soldiers during the "Malvinas" war...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariacecilia
    I don't know about the word "Aussies" but I've heard "Argies" is desrespective because the term was coined by British soldiers during the "Malvinas" war...
    When I read Mem's post I wondered about it's origin because Argies is obviously something an English speaker would come up with. If this is the origen I can understand why it might be considered disrespecttive. (P.S....we've been spelling it wrong! It's dis... not des...jejeje)
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