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  • “Sickie” for sick-day also springs to mind.

    Another interesting area is with nicknames in Australia, removing the end of names with a double r and adding -zza. Barry becomes “Bazza”, Sharron “Shazza”, Garry “Gazza”, etc.

  • @SharonC – I think it does happen in many versions of English, but it is its prevalence in Australian English which is defining.

    Another one I thought of after was “sunnies” for “sunglasses” – one of those terms which is so embedded that it doesn’t occur to you why the person you’re talking to is giving you a blank look when you say you can’t find your sunnies.

  • @Brendan – Do you know, I thought about the -zza names, but hadn’t identified that it was names with ‘R’ in them. Not strictly double r, though; I knew several Lozzas in primary school (Lauren). My brother is Jez (Jeremy – called Jezza before shortening it to Jez). Jareds can be Jazza, Darrens are quite often Dazza, Warrens are Wozza. Karens can be Kazza. And so on. I can’t think of any examples without an ‘R’, but think I have heard them, but they don’t stick and are just used as a joke. I could be wrong about that last point though.

    Just goes to show how unconsciously we use the systems. However, in my corner of the country at least, the -zza names are dying out a bit.

  • The dreaded ‘-zza’ names! I haven’t heard one in ages. I have a friend with a ‘rhyming slang’ type nickname – from ‘Mathers’ to ‘Bathers’ to ‘Bays’.

    Importantly, you can also PULL a sickie. Firies and Tradies and Ambos probably never do that, although at a servo I saw a truckie was taking a really long smoko.

    Maybe Lady Gaga was trying to get her Aussie on when she sang ‘spend the last dough in your pocko’?