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PM s Canadia mispronunciation a Twitter hit
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to reporters in front of a World War Two-era Kangaroo armoured personnel carrier at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, June 8, 2014.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's mispronunciation of Canada was the talk of Twitter today after he made the inadvertent mistake during a press conference on Ottawa.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Mr Abbott slightly stumbled, then immediately corrected himself, when pronouncing the name of the country he was visiting.

Asked about Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's recent condemnation of Russian policy in Ukraine, Mr Abbott responded: "They're very forthright remarks, and I think that they're perfectly appropriate remarks for the Canadian Prime Minister to make. Canadia, Canada, probably has more involvement in the affairs of Europe than Australia often does, but ..."

Despite Mr Abbott's immediate correction, the damage was already done. The Twittersphere was quick to jump on his gaffe, with "Canadia" soon trending in Australia.

The West Australian

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