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#18848 02/22/01 10:16 PM
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How is it pronounced "Down Under?"
Around here I mostly hear CAN-b'ruh
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For Heaven sake! AEnigma wants CAN-b'ruh to be Canberra.
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>How is it pronounced "Down Under?"
Around here I mostly hear CAN-b'ruh


Yep, same here. Now if we can move on to Lesson 2: Brisbane. Say after me: Brizb'n. Mispronunciation of their state capital city's name is the bane of Queenslanders' existence.

Marty from Melb'n


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Marty moaned Say after me: Brizb'n. Mispronunciation of their state capital city's name is the bane of Queenslanders' existence.

Marty from Melb'n


Now, now, Marty, that mispronunciation is such an easy way to mark the speaker as a bottom-dwelling Northerner. What I would like to know is how widespread "Queensland" is as opposed to "Queenslnd", which is what we would say here. I just heard an Aussie Channel 9 reporter saying Queensland, pronouncing the a, and it sounded odd to me, almost as odd as the quaint Victorian delusion that AFL is a real sport [ducking-for-cover emoticon]

Max, whose Mum lives near Brizbn, and whose sister lives in Melbn



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Ted mentioned: the exhibit for the new Parliament House, which was then under construction in Canberra. I'd certainly like to go back and see how it turned out, the plans and mockups were awesome.

Is that the one that is carved out of a hill, and looks like it's under the hill? I think I have seen photographs from a distance where all you can see is the Australian flag flying over the hill, and the Parliament House that it is attached to is not visible underneath.



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Funny, I always thought they called it Canberra because it so badly needed bombing ... and that that was also the reason they put it so far from civilisation - like Sydney.

Oh, no! WHAT am I saying? .



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We could do this by having Congress propose a Constitutional amendment which would require that each state hold a referendum on the matter and if 3/4ths of the states voted to change the Constitution, perhaps we could stop being a country where murder is a way of death.

NZ has a shocking murder rate. Guns are very rarely used (because we HAVE strictish gun laws). Murder is an attitude, not a methodology, I'm afraid. It's amazing what you can kill people with if you set out to try.

I just wish we'd stop.



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Odd, Marty. Channel 9 announcers seem enamoured of pronouncing it "Kan-BEER-ra". I mostly hear it pronounced as you've suggested.



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