Originally Posted by Bug
Just a wealth of, ahhhh, information, yeah, information you are
How do you know these kinda things ya fooookin wacko
From listening to GP commentaters for 15+ years and reading alot.
Its an Australian thing. Gobert was called Azza, but Mick Doohan was never called Mazza that I can recall. Just called him Mick 'cause he was a hard bastard and kicked everyone's ass and you gave the man respect like it or not.
From a site I found:
Part VI: Naming Conventions
Almost nobody in Australia uses his or her actual name. Sometime in their lives, most Australians will be christened with the most unlikely moniker you can imagine.
If you are overweight, you'll be called Slim. If you're short, you'll be called Stretch. If you are a redhead, you'll be called Bluey. (I have a hypothesis that that last one relates to redheads having fierce tempers, because a fight is sometimes called a 'blue' over here. As in, "The wife and I had a bit of a blue about leaving the toilet seat up. I wish she'd stop doing that." But that could be complete crap.)
Similar to the 'ie' phenomenonie, if your name can be abbreviated and have an 'o' or an 'a' stuck on the end, it will be. For example:
(These are all pronounced with the same enthusiasm as "WHAZZZUP!" from the Budweiser commercials.)