So is it…

Melburnians or Melbournians?

I’ve always thought Melburnians was the right way to spell it, until someone corrected me over lunch yesterday. It was a good lunch, full of debate.

So which is correct? If Melbournians is right, I’d have a lot of spelling errors to rectify!

14 Comments so far

  1. al (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

    Melburnians. Just do a Goggle search.

  2. Darren (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    Melburnians… I believe there actually is a building by that name along St. Kilda Road.

  3. thatguy (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

    search my goggles?

  4. sam (unregistered) on September 9th, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    melBURN is used in hiphop culture, people associated to hiphop refer to cool or awesome etc as BURNER.. “If someone did a really good graffiti piece they would call it a BURNER”.

  5. Darren (unregistered) on September 9th, 2007 @ 8:51 pm


    No, actually it’s officially recognised as Melburnian (check it out on

  6. Andrew (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 3:57 pm


    Melburnians would mean you pronounce Melbourne as Melburn, yeah?

  7. adrock2xander (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

    Ehm…Andrew I take it you’re from North America!? It’s pronounced Mel-burn. Welcome to Earth btw.

  8. Neil (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 8:27 pm

    And Mel-burn comes out as Mel-bin when said in an Australian accent.

  9. adrock2xander (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

    Mel-bin? Then the Aussies can’t speak English then.

    Which reminds me, how Kiwis say ‘fush and chups’ when it’s clearly an ‘i’ in the middle is beyond me.

  10. reina (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 11:46 am

    just as aussies’ “mate” sounds more like “mite” is a novelty to non-aussies. It’s just a funny little thing called an “accent”, not so much mispronunciation.

    (Unlike Bush’s pronunciation of “nuclear” as “nucular”… where the heck did the extra u come from??)

  11. Darren (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

    Bush sees things. Like the WMD in Iraq.

  12. adrock2xander (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

    Or winning the next elections.

  13. dissembly (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    But you’re forgetting… Bush can make up his own words.

    “Nucular” might mean something completely different to “nuclear”, if it’s a totally new word. Like “misunderestimated”, “democracy”, or “patriot”… all completely new concepts coined by Bush…

  14. adrock2xander (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 8:11 am

    There’s even an apartment named after my ‘accurate’ spelling.

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