Wednesday 11 May 2022 03:47 AM Melbourne residents angry Anthony Albanese mispronounced the city's name trends now

Wednesday 11 May 2022 03:47 AM Melbourne residents angry Anthony Albanese mispronounced the city's name trends now
Wednesday 11 May 2022 03:47 AM Melbourne residents angry Anthony Albanese mispronounced the city's name trends now

Wednesday 11 May 2022 03:47 AM Melbourne residents angry Anthony Albanese mispronounced the city's name trends now

Anthony Albanese has outraged Melbourne residents by mispronouncing their city and collective name.

The opposition leader referred to Melburnians as Mel-BORE-nians in a campaign speech in the city on Wednesday morning.

Australians, and Melbourne locals in particular, skip over several letters when pronouncing the city so it sounds more like Mel-bn.

The Labor leader, who has variously been known as Alba-knees, Alba-nay-zay and Alban-ee-zee, pronounced it more like Americans, who typically say the city's name as it is written with every letter enunciated.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese (pictured) has been criticised for mispronouncing Melburnians as 'Mel-bore-nians'

Labor leader Anthony Albanese (pictured) has been criticised for mispronouncing Melburnians as 'Mel-bore-nians'

'Well, that’s it. I was going to vote for him but that’s a step too far. Absolute drivel,' one very annoyed local wrote online.

Mr Albanese's gaffe so offended Sunrise hosts that they commandeered a panel to get to the bottom of it, with one suggesting it was because he's 'a bogan' who watched The Bourne Identity.

Host Natalie Barr played the mispronunciation clip and then crossed to Bianca Stone at Channel Seven's Gold Coast studio.

Stone, however, thought they were being a bit too tough on the Labor leader and suggested it all came down to his movie viewing habits.

'Don't be hard on him. He's a massive fan of The Bourne Identity. He's been binge watching the whole series the night before,' she said.

'He loves Matt Damon and it was just in his mind. "Mel-BORE-nians."'

Stone pointed out that Brisbane sometimes gets mispronounced as Bris-bayne, for similar reasons.

'He's just a bogan, embrace it,' she said. 

Bianca Stone (pictured), speaking on Sunrise said Anthony Albanese is 'just a bogan, embrace it'

Bianca Stone (pictured), speaking on Sunrise said Anthony Albanese is 'just a bogan,

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