Why do Aussies like to shorten words? That's the research question that Nenagh Kemp of University of Tasmania (or Uni of Tassie) is asking:
"What we'd like to find out is how people feel when they're listening to someone using those kinds of shortenings, compared to someone who's not," doctor Nenagh Kemp told AFP from Hobart.
"It might tell us more about whether people think it makes you sound more friendly or more intelligent or more casual, and also differences."
Kemp said while abbreviations were present in all forms of English, they were more common in Australia, where tradesmen are "tradies", firemen are "firies", ambulance workers are "ambos" and service stations are "servos".
She believes that the shortenings are a way of conveying a sense of informality in a country known for its egalitarian ethos.
"I think it does set up a feeling of companionship or casualness and friendliness," she said.
"You might use that to say, 'hey, I'm on the same level as you. I'm not being too pretentious."