Australian PM's ‘Canadia’ gaffe the butt of jokes on social media


mentalfloss
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Australian PM's ‘Canadia’ gaffe the butt of jokes on social media

Crossing a hemisphere and more than a dozen time zones for his first official trip to Ottawa, Australia’s Prime Minister briefly mixed up the name of the country he was visiting – and social media pounced on him for it.

Speaking at the Canadian War Museum on Sunday, Tony Abbott was asked about his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper’s harsh condemnation of Russia's intervention in Ukraine. “They’re very forthright remarks,” Mr. Abbott said, “and I think that they’re perfectly appropriate remarks for the Canadian Prime Minister to make. Canadia, Canada, probably has more involvement in the affairs of Europe than Australia often does ...”

Though Mr. Abbott quickly corrected himself, “Canadia” soon became a trending term in Australia.

Australian PM's ‘Canadia’ gaffe the butt of jokes on social media - The Globe and Mail
 
Praxius
Free Thinker
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I personally don't like him nor think he's doing a good job as PM (I can't vote so it doesn't really matter what I think) That little mixup isn't really a big issue.


Seems like he was going to say "Canadians" again and got it mixed up.


Both Australia and America have and are pronounced with "I's" in both the names of the countries and identifying the people. Canada isn't like that and if you don't deal with Canada a lot, it could get mixed up.


He did quickly correct himself and it would have been funnier if he didn't. Kind of like Bush and Mr. Poutine
 
mentalfloss
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Are you for real?
 
spaminator
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bill barilko
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I used to work with a lot of Arser-Tralians-their reputation for stupidity & sleaze is well deserved.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilkoView Post

I used to work with a lot of Arser-Tralians-their reputation for stupidity & sleaze is well deserved.

HEY! Just because they're drunken and boorish doesn't make them stupid and sleazy!
 
Praxius
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Are you for real?

Are you?

It's not the first time I've heard the term Canadia.

 
Tecumsehsbones
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Calm down, guys. Who really cares what the PM of Austria says anyhow?
 
bill barilko
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

HEY! Just because they're drunken and boorish doesn't make them stupid and sleazy!

Point taken.

Pic of Australian 'food'

 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilkoView Post

Point taken.

Pic of Australian 'food'

wtf is that?
 
DaSleeper
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Meat pie, pea soup and ketchup.........yuk
Upside down like Australia......


Is it Heinz?
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

Meat pie, pea soup and ketchup.........yuk
Upside down like Australia......


Is it Heinz?

god help us
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

wtf is that?

Kruft Dinner
 
Praxius
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

wtf is that?

I don't even know... never seen that before.

The beer, yes, but not that slop.

Anyways, I don't see why so many are making a big deal over a half second slip up that he corrected right away.

Do you guys even know how often people in North America screw up the names of places in Australia?

Melbourne isn't pronounced "Mel-Born" it's "Mel-burn"

Canberra, the Capital of the country is commonly pronounced by NA'ers as "Cam-bear-a" when it's actually pronounced "Cam-Bra"

Similar to how Newfoundland is commonly pronounced "Newfen'lnd" not "New-Found-Land"

Dartmouth is pronounced "Dart'myth" not "Dart-Mouth"

Kejimkujik isn't "Kefiggle-ma-jiggle"

What's my point?

I don't have one with the above beyond that these sort of slip ups happen and the worst situations are when people simply don't bother to correct themselves (thinking they're right) or asking how to properly pronounce certain things.

During his trip to Canada he's probably been saying "Canadians" and "Canada" a crap load of times and the one moment where he slipped up, everybody jumps on him..... over nothing.

It was a slip of the tongue, he knew it, he corrected himself.

Big whoop.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

HEY! Just because they're drunken and boorish doesn't make them stupid and sleazy!

But it does make them fun to party with. Unlike billy boy.
 
Blackleaf
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Most Australians, like most Europeans and Americans, probably don't know that much about Canada. They just see it as the pointless, frozen bit on top of America which gives us crappy music and cringy political correctness. They probably think that Canada's capital is Toronto, like most people outside of Canada do, but struggle to find where Toronto is on a map.

Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

Meat pie, pea soup and ketchup.........yuk
Upside down like Australia......


Is it Heinz?


That looks delicious. What's wrong with it? Don't you have meat pies, pea soup and tomato sauce in Canadia? Or is everything you eatd renched in maple syrup?
 
Praxius
Free Thinker
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Crappy Music?


You guys got The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.... That's it..... Nothing new since. (and both aren't that great & mostly drug induced jibber jabber)


Oh wait, David Bowie is good.


Oh and then there's James Blunt.... Pfft. *snickers*


Don't worry Blackleaf, you're still beautiful...


You're beautiful
You're beautiful it's true.


There must be an angel with a smile on her face, when she thought that we should put up with you.
Last edited by Praxius; Jun 10th, 2014 at 05:39 AM..
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by PraxiusView Post

You guys got The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.... That's it..... Nothing new since.

Are you for real?
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Most Australians, like most Europeans and Americans, probably don't know that much about Canada. They just see it as the pointless, frozen bit on top of America which gives us crappy music and cringy political correctness. They probably think that Canada's capital is Toronto, like most people outside of Canada do, but struggle to find where Toronto is on a map.




That looks delicious. What's wrong with it? Don't you have meat pies, pea soup and tomato sauce in Canadia? Or is everything you eatd renched in maple syrup?

How does one "rench" something ? Or is that typically a Brit thing ?

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tompost in a popot. eh wot.


(no idea what that means)
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

How does one "rench" something ? Or is that typically a Brit thing ?

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tompost in a popot. eh wot.


(no idea what that means)

I think that is suposed to be compost, not tompost. Easy mistake what with British cooking and inability to speak their own language.
 
Praxius
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Are you for real?



Are you?


Rubbish in Garbage out.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by PraxiusView Post

Are you?


Rubbish in Garbage out.

That's a bit of a silly thing to say, judging by the complete pigswill-tripe you posted earlier in this thread.
 
mentalfloss
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Praxius
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

That's a bit of a silly thing to say, judging by the complete pigswill-tripe you posted earlier in this thread.


Better than the curds and whey you squished out of a pimple in your previous trollish post.


Just because you're a Brit, doesn't mean you can waltz around tossing crap and mockery at the rest of us without getting a similar response in return.


You're not special, but hey, you posting in this forum helps us to know that racism, sexism, bigotry and ignorance of the world is still rampant in good ye old England.


Now be a good little Englishman and go watch Coronation Street while eating your bangers and mash.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by PraxiusView Post

Better than the curds and whey you squished out of a pimple in your previous trollish post.


Just because you're a Brit, doesn't mean you can waltz around tossing crap and mockery at the rest of us without getting a similar response in return.


You're not special, but hey, you posting in this forum helps us to know that racism, sexism, bigotry and ignorance of the world is still rampant in good ye old England.


Now be a good little Englishman and go watch Coronation Street while eating your bangers and mash.

They say Pat Garrett's got your number
So sleep with one eye open when you slumber
--Bob Dylan
 
#juan
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Quote: Originally Posted by SalView Post

wtf is that?

I saw a steaming pile of that in the woods.
 
Praxius
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Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

I saw a steaming pile of that in the woods.


Did it tear something on the way out?
 
mentalfloss
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