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How you say?

By Pommy bastard - 19 November 2008 112

Being of foreign extraction, I recently hit on a conundrum. I’ve lived in this fair city for  more than a few years, and have always called it “Canberra”. However I am reliably informed that I live in “Can-Bra”

Where do you live?

Can-berra? (Rhymes with “error”)

Can-bra? (Rhymes with “bra”)

Can-be-ra ? (Rhymes with  “Raw”)

Can-brah? (Rhymes with “borough”)

What’s Your opinion?


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How you say?
fnaah 2:58 pm 19 Nov 08

While I can be cunning, I’m no linguist. I tend to pronounce it somewhere between can-bruh (but not brugh) and can-brah. I was born here and have lived most of my life here, but spent a not-insignificant amount of time spelling out the syllables (CAHN-BERR-AHH) to Americans who thought I rode a kangaroo to school.

Dante 2:54 pm 19 Nov 08

Can Bruh with consensus from workmates.

Holden Caulfield 2:47 pm 19 Nov 08

I always thought Utopia should have got up, haha.

Granny 2:45 pm 19 Nov 08

Well, it was probably named by men. So I guess it could be either named after meetings or the female anatomy. You tell me.

poptop 2:45 pm 19 Nov 08

From NCA – site of all knowledge:

In 1913, when the Canberra area was no more than an outback sheep station divided by the Molonglo River, a ceremony was held to name the city. ‘Canberra’, as a new name for the capital, was a sentimental favourite and logical choice. The name probably derived from a local Aboriginal word for ‘meeting place’ and had been in common use in the district for more than three-quarters of a century. The people of Australia, nevertheless, responded with imagination and good humour to a Government invitation to find a suitable name for their future capital. ‘Cookaburra’, ‘Wheatwoolgold’ and ‘Kangaremu’ headed a list of Australiana which also included ‘Sydmelperadbrisho’ and ‘Meladneyperbane’. Politics prompted other names such as ‘Swindleville’, ‘Gonebroke’ and ‘Caucus City’.

It was something of a relief when at noon on 12 March Lady Denman, the wife of the
Governor-General, mounted a crimson-draped platform and declared in a clear English voice:

‘I name the capital of Australia, Canberra – the accent is on the Can’.

Holden Caulfield 2:43 pm 19 Nov 08

Skidd Marx said :

BTW, does anyone have any firm arguments as to what is the official aboriginal translation of the word “Canberra”? The most common one is “meeting place” but I have also read that it can be translated as “woman’s breasts” after the profile created between Mt.Majura and Mt Ainslie. Being a titties man, this definition obviously appeals to me a great deal more than the meeting place one. I have also read that “Canberra” translates to some type of native bird.

I have heard the breast theory, but thought it Black Mountain and Mt Ainslie.

Either way, I hope you live between two of these delightful mounts, which, of course, would be the meeting place between the two breasts. Perfect.

Holden Caulfield 2:40 pm 19 Nov 08

Can-berror sux0rs.

Can-bruh rulez!

Skidd Marx 2:38 pm 19 Nov 08

I am extremely well spoken and a stickler for pronunciation. I am also very highly respected by my peers and work colleagues. Furthermore I am exceedingly wealthy, yet give little to charity, but that is beside the point.

The point IS, I say Kan-bruh. TWO syllables, not three. I hope this ends the debate once and for all.

BTW, does anyone have any firm arguments as to what is the official aboriginal translation of the word “Canberra”? The most common one is “meeting place” but I have also read that it can be translated as “woman’s breasts” after the profile created between Mt.Majura and Mt Ainslie. Being a titties man, this definition obviously appeals to me a great deal more than the meeting place one. I have also read that “Canberra” translates to some type of native bird.

justbands 2:19 pm 19 Nov 08

I would say (as a born & bred Canberran) that it’s “Can-berra (Rhymes with “error”)”. I think it’s the Aussie tendancy to shorten it somewhat in conversation though, particularly after a few beers.

While we’re at it….I’m a “Canberran”, not a “Canberrian” as I’ve heard people from Canberra referred to from time to time….makes me shudder.

H1NG0 2:18 pm 19 Nov 08

The only way the say it is “Can-Bra”, Bro

Granny 2:18 pm 19 Nov 08

Actually, yes, bra like ‘bruh’ not bra like ‘baa’.

Granny 2:17 pm 19 Nov 08

Bra and borough for me.

: )

sepi 2:16 pm 19 Nov 08

Can Bruh.

and MelBun (not Mel born).

Shortened sounds – bit like pronouncing Worchestershire sauce really.

Blamemonkey 2:15 pm 19 Nov 08

All of the above, depending on the situation and Alcohol consumed.

Bel 2:14 pm 19 Nov 08

Can-berra (rhymes with error) for me.

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