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Brisbane suburb tops misspelt locations
Thursday Jun 21 23:43 AEST

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=274593

Would you know how to spell Woolloongabba if you needed to type it into an internet search?

According to Yellowpages.com.au, the Brisbane suburb is Australia's most misspelled location during online searches for towns and cities.

Yellowpages found that people searching for cities, towns and suburbs misspelled the names up to two-thirds of the time when performing an online search.

Woolloongabba topped a list of the 10 most misspelled locations, which stretched across Australia and included indigenous and foreign names.

Sixty five per cent of people searching for Woolloongabba incorrectly typed the town name into the Yellowpages site, while Western Australia's Karrakatta came a close second at 62 per cent and Eumemmerring in Victoria came third at 56 per cent.

Other places that made it into the top 10 were the Sydney suburbs of Leichhardt and Woolloomooloo, which both ranked in the mid-50s, followed by Wooroloo in WA, Eglinton in NSW and Thorneside in Queensland.

Taking out the final two positions were Woollahra, NSW, and Birralee, Tasmania, which were each misspelled about 45 per cent of the time.
 

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my prediction was right. i knew it was the wool. i've typed in woolloongabba quite a few times and it's still a perplexing thing to spell. should be named "the gabba" much like the cricket ground. on a negative, it's pauline hanson's home city:eek:hno: :eek:hno:
 

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she was raised in the gabba (lol, not the cricket ground) but yes, she did become a councillor in ipswich.
 

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You are right to be concerned Max Power, I am in that area right now and I can barely see outside for all the Nazi parades and the KKK burning crosses.

Back to the subject I always strugle with Indooroopilly, had to look it up just to mention it.
 

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You are right to be concerned Max Power, I am in that area right now and I can barely see outside for all the Nazi parades and the KKK burning crosses.

Back to the subject I always strugle with Indooroopilly, had to look it up just to mention it.

:lol: Hehe, that actually made me laugh, clever. I wasn't implying that Woolloongabba was racist.
 

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Brisbane suburb tops misspelt locations
Thursday Jun 21 23:43 AEST

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=274593

Would you know how to spell Woolloongabba if you needed to type it into an internet search?

According to Yellowpages.com.au, the Brisbane suburb is Australia's most misspelled location during online searches for towns and cities.

Yellowpages found that people searching for cities, towns and suburbs misspelled the names up to two-thirds of the time when performing an online search.

Woolloongabba topped a list of the 10 most misspelled locations, which stretched across Australia and included indigenous and foreign names.

Sixty five per cent of people searching for Woolloongabba incorrectly typed the town name into the Yellowpages site, while Western Australia's Karrakatta came a close second at 62 per cent and Eumemmerring in Victoria came third at 56 per cent.

Other places that made it into the top 10 were the Sydney suburbs of Leichhardt and Woolloomooloo, which both ranked in the mid-50s, followed by Wooroloo in WA, Eglinton in NSW and Thorneside in Queensland.

Taking out the final two positions were Woollahra, NSW, and Birralee, Tasmania, which were each misspelled about 45 per cent of the time.

Crikeys, Eglinton isn't even an aboriginal name. Can't people just sound out the syllables as they type it in! Eg-lin-ton.

Of course they can't! Most teachers today don't understand what phonics is, let alone teach students how words are constructed from syllables.
 

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Who exactly translated the Aboriginal names into Western characters back in the day? Some of the spellings are ridiculous, and there doesnt seem to be any sort of cohesion or rules applied...
 

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I think it was just done by settlers as they arrived, probably trying to translate the words as best as they could understand them. Remember also that there was no 1 defined Aboriginal language, but hundreds of different ones, depending on social groupings.
 

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Who exactly translated the Aboriginal names into Western characters back in the day? Some of the spellings are ridiculous, and there doesnt seem to be any sort of cohesion or rules applied...
i don't think that there was much formality. usually someone heard the aboriginals say something and assumed it meant the place etc. often they got it totally wrong anyway, or at best similar but not the same pronounciation.
 
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