‘Uni’ study probes why ‘Aussies’ shorten words
“An Aussie university is probing one of the most prominent features of Australian life: the national habit of shortening words.
From “barbie” (barbeque) to “arvo” (afternoon) and “rellies” (relatives), University of Tasmania (or Uni of Tassie) researchers are hoping to find out what lies behind the widespread abbreviations.
“What we’d like to find out is how people feel when they’re listening to someone using those kinds of shortenings, compared to someone who’s not,” doctor Nenagh Kemp told AFP from Hobart.”
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