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Conder v. Condor

By 7 December 2012 33

conder v condor

It’s an ongoing source of frustration in Canberra, but following this morning’s whoopsy in the Canberra Times (screenshot below, apparently introduced by the sub-editor as it’s right in the copy) we thought it was time for a public service announcement.

Quite what Charles Conder did to deserve having a darkest Tuggeranong suburb named after him remains a mystery to us. But it is named after the painter and his name is spelled with an “er” at the end.

The majestic condor on the other hand is the largest flying bird in the western hemisphere and is not known for beginning the Australian tradition in Western art.

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That is all.

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33 Responses to Conder v. Condor
#1
devils_advocate9:31 am, 07 Dec 12

werid they managed to get it right in the caption but not the headline.

#2
shirty_bear9:35 am, 07 Dec 12

as if we needed more reasons to not buy the Times

#3
eh_steve9:36 am, 07 Dec 12

Charles who? Let’s just change it.

#4
Duffbowl9:48 am, 07 Dec 12

What makes it a “darkest” suburb, JB?

#5
johnboy10:06 am, 07 Dec 12

The furthest from the light of civilisation.

As in Darkest Peru.

#6
Duffbowl10:25 am, 07 Dec 12

Quick question: shouldn’t it be “the darkest”, given that darkest is a superlative state, and “a” indicates an indefinite article? Happy to be corrected, unlike journos of any ilk.

#7
Holden Caulfield10:29 am, 07 Dec 12

It does pain me when people pronounce Conder as Condor too. Worst part is it seems to be that most Canberrans are guilty of this sin.

#8
johnboy11:13 am, 07 Dec 12

Duffbowl said :

Quick question: shouldn’t it be “the darkest”, given that darkest is a superlative state, and “a” indicates an indefinite article? Happy to be corrected, unlike journos of any ilk.

No.

See also “Darkest Africa”.

#9
cross12:19 pm, 07 Dec 12

johnboy said :

The furthest from the light of civilisation.

As in Darkest Peru.

Old Chinese proverb “The darkest place is under the candlestick” so that would be Civic ?

#10
poetix12:28 pm, 07 Dec 12

To leap from Conder to O’Connor, I often see this suburb spelt O’Conner. And it is, of course, the centre of civilisation (in Canberra terms).

#11
NoImRight12:45 pm, 07 Dec 12

cross said :

johnboy said :

The furthest from the light of civilisation.

As in Darkest Peru.

Old Chinese proverb “The darkest place is under the candlestick” so that would be Civic ?

Are the Chinese coming up with any new proverbs? They seem to be relying on learned wisdom a lot.

#12
cross1:11 pm, 07 Dec 12

NoImRight said :

cross said :

johnboy said :

The furthest from the light of civilisation.

As in Darkest Peru.

Old Chinese proverb “The darkest place is under the candlestick” so that would be Civic ?

Are the Chinese coming up with any new proverbs? They seem to be relying on learned wisdom a lot.

Not since communism, proverbs may show the government in a bad light

#13
troll-sniffer1:34 pm, 07 Dec 12

NoImRight said :

cross said :

johnboy said :

The furthest from the light of civilisation.

As in Darkest Peru.

Old Chinese proverb “The darkest place is under the candlestick” so that would be Civic ?

Yeah now they’ve got into air travel in a big way they often find men who go through turnstile sideways more than likely going to Bangkok.

Are the Chinese coming up with any new proverbs? They seem to be relying on learned wisdom a lot.

#14
NoImRight1:35 pm, 07 Dec 12

cross said :

NoImRight said :

cross said :

johnboy said :

The furthest from the light of civilisation.

As in Darkest Peru.

Old Chinese proverb “The darkest place is under the candlestick” so that would be Civic ?

Are the Chinese coming up with any new proverbs? They seem to be relying on learned wisdom a lot.

Not since communism, proverbs may show the government in a bad light

Damn Commies…

#15
muscledude_oz1:43 pm, 07 Dec 12

Holden Caulfield said :

It does pain me when people pronounce Conder as Condor too. Worst part is it seems to be that most Canberrans are guilty of this sin.

A bit like how Canberrans pronounce it “Marnicka” when everybody else pronounces it as it is spelt – manuka.

#16
Holden Caulfield2:00 pm, 07 Dec 12

muscledude_oz said :

Holden Caulfield said :

It does pain me when people pronounce Conder as Condor too. Worst part is it seems to be that most Canberrans are guilty of this sin.

A bit like how Canberrans pronounce it “Marnicka” when everybody else pronounces it as it is spelt – manuka.

Which way would that be, haha…

man-uk-a (like muktuk)
man-oo-ka (like fluke)
man-you-ka (like ukelele)

I know the pronunciation you mean, but manuka is not exactly a word that roles of one’s phonetic tongue.

#17
Holden Caulfield2:05 pm, 07 Dec 12

poetix said :

To leap from Conder to O’Connor, I often see this suburb spelt O’Conner. And it is, of course, the centre of civilisation (in Canberra terms).

Yes, that is moderately annoying too.

#18
goggles134:28 pm, 07 Dec 12

johnboy said :

The furthest from the light of civilisation.

As in Darkest Peru.

but Banks is further south than Conder

#19
Spykler5:38 pm, 07 Dec 12

NoImRight said :

cross said :

johnboy said :

The furthest from the light of civilisation.

As in Darkest Peru.

Old Chinese proverb “The darkest place is under the candlestick” so that would be Civic ?

Are the Chinese coming up with any new proverbs? They seem to be relying on learned wisdom a lot.

Not sure, but I like this one:
‘Do not remove a fly from your friends forehead with a hatchet’.

#20
bryansworld8:50 pm, 07 Dec 12

poetix said :

To leap from Conder to O’Connor, I often see this suburb spelt O’Conner. And it is, of course, the centre of civilisation (in Canberra terms).

Why is O’Connor the top of the tree?

#21
LSWCHP9:43 pm, 07 Dec 12

Spykler said :

NoImRight said :

cross said :

johnboy said :

The furthest from the light of civilisation.

As in Darkest Peru.

Old Chinese proverb “The darkest place is under the candlestick” so that would be Civic ?

Are the Chinese coming up with any new proverbs? They seem to be relying on learned wisdom a lot.

Not sure, but I like this one:
‘Do not remove a fly from your friends forehead with a hatchet’.

Recently arrived in Canberra via a friends Chinese wife is “It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”. Seems strangely apposite for some of the RA audience.

#22
Primal9:46 pm, 07 Dec 12

After this: Mon-ah-ro versus Mon-air-o.

Winners of each bout go through to the final.

#23
Pork Hunt10:29 pm, 07 Dec 12

Man in shower holding tool not necessarily plumber…

Or, guaranteed to upset someone:
Confucius say there is no such thing a rape because woman with dress up can run faster than man with trousers down….

#24
miz9:24 am, 08 Dec 12

What about Kay-LEEN? (which should, of course, be pronounced like Gretel Killeen’s surname). Besides, Kay-LEEN sounds so bogan.

#25
gazket12:06 pm, 08 Dec 12

I’m sure the Oxford dictionary would be happy to change definition .

#26
Deref1:24 pm, 08 Dec 12

miz said :

What about Kay-LEEN? (which should, of course, be pronounced like Gretel Killeen’s surname). Besides, Kay-LEEN sounds so bogan.

YES! Thank the keriste – I thought I was the only one.

When I were a lad there was a Sydney Harbour ferry called the “Kooleen”. They’re both the same word, meaning “water”, and both attempts to render the word into English. I reckon the two of them are evidence for the “k’leen” pronunciation.

#27
poetix2:26 pm, 08 Dec 12

bryansworld said :

poetix said :

To leap from Conder to O’Connor, I often see this suburb spelt O’Conner. And it is, of course, the centre of civilisation (in Canberra terms).

Why is O’Connor the top of the tree?

There are quite a few almost interesting types in O’Connor. Such as our quite erudite moderator. (Well, last I heard, anyway.)

But I was being frivolous with that comment. A bad habit, I know. Next year I plan to be extremely serious.

#28
bundah9:51 pm, 08 Dec 12

poetix said :

bryansworld said :

poetix said :

To leap from Conder to O’Connor, I often see this suburb spelt O’Conner. And it is, of course, the centre of civilisation (in Canberra terms).

Why is O’Connor the top of the tree?

There are quite a few almost interesting types in O’Connor. Such as our quite erudite moderator. (Well, last I heard, anyway.)

But I was being frivolous with that comment. A bad habit, I know. Next year I plan to be extremely serious.

Sure you are,that’s very tongue in cheek of you!

#29
astrojax6:31 am, 09 Dec 12

poetix said :

bryansworld said :

poetix said :

To leap from Conder to O’Connor, I often see this suburb spelt O’Conner. And it is, of course, the centre of civilisation (in Canberra terms).

Why is O’Connor the top of the tree?

There are quite a few almost interesting types in O’Connor. Such as our quite erudite moderator. (Well, last I heard, anyway.)

But I was being frivolous with that comment. A bad habit, I know. Next year I plan to be extremely serious.

we’ll await your list of resolutions on the 31st with breath bated (or abated, depending on the night we have!)

#30
arescarti428:56 pm, 09 Dec 12

Does anyone else find it a little ironic that a suburb in Canberra’s dirty deep south should be named after a fine artist?

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