Why Australia called as 'OZ'?

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  • holly
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    1 decade ago
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    Australian slang

    Australia is pronounced Ozstralia so Oz or Ozzie for short, also Aussie is short for Australia you can have it either way.

    The land of Oz.

    We like to shorten our words

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The word Australia when referred to informally with its first three letters becomes Aus. When Aus or Aussie, the short form for an Australian, is pronounced for fun with a hissing sound at the end, it sounds as though the word being pronounced has the spelling Oz.

    Hence Australia in informal language is referred to as Oz. The noun Oz is also used to refer to an unreal, magical place, and this usage had its origins in the fantasy novel The wonderful world of Oz written in 1900 by L Frank Baum

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  • 1 decade ago

    The word Australia when referred to informally with its first three letters becomes Aus. When Aus or Aussie, the short form for an Australian, is pronounced for fun with a hissing sound at the end, it sounds as though the word being pronounced has the spelling Oz.

    Hence Australia in informal language is referred to as Oz. The noun Oz is also used to refer to an unreal, magical place, and this usage had its origins in the fantasy novel The wonderful world of Oz written in 1900 by L Frank Baum

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  • Neilly
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    4 years ago

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    In the 1960s a group of expatriate Australians in London, led by Richard Neville, started a satirical/alternative magazine called "Oz". It had originally been published in Sydney. The name was taken from "The Wizard of Oz" but used as a play on the abbreviation for Australia. Barry Humphries wrote the comic strip The Adventures of Barry McKenzie for the magazine. Richard Neville and Martin Sharp were charged with obscenity in Australia in 1964. They were found guilty but won the appeal. In 1971, Richard Neville. Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis were charged with obscenity in London over the Schoolkids Issue where schoolchildren wrote the magazine that week. Again they were found guilty but won on appeal. The name Oz in reference to Australia has stuck and is commonly used today. David Williamson, probably Australia's best playwright, wrote a play about Sydney called "Emerald City" using the well established Oz idea for his title.

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    5 years ago

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  • 3 years ago

    Abbreviation For Australia

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  • 1 decade ago

    Actuallly, people use short form of australia as 'aussie'. some make it more short as oze or oz. nothing particular.As indians are sometimes called as indies.

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  • 1 decade ago

    OZTRALIA

    I personally have no idea who decided to call Australia 'oz'.

    I am an Australian and all of a sudden they started to call Australia 'oz'! It's kind of weird.

    But still, it's an abbreviation, a nickname, a pal-position (whatever that is!) whatever you li ke to call it, but the point is it's Australia - O-ss-tray-lee-a - Oz-tralia.

    You get the idea.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Oz-tralia.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    OZ = Aus = Aussie = Australia :)

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