Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is being razzed by Twitter users and his country's media for a slip-up in which he called Canada "Canadia."
He quickly corrected himself during a press conference in Ottawa Sunday, but the mistake has been blasted by Australians on Twitter and in local headlines.
"Dear Canada, I know what you're thinking and yes, we're embarrassed, but he's English, not Australian, and he won't be PM for long," user @Volvo_of_doom wrote.
Dear Canada, I know what you're thinking and yes, we're embarrassed, but he's English, not Australian & he won't be PM for long #Canadia— Sir Volvo (Adrian B) (@Volvo_of_doom) June 9, 2014
"Canadia - Isn't that the place where they make Maypile Syrup, and the Mounting Police keep law and order?" user @billster030503 wrote.
Canadia - Isnt't that the place where they make Maypile Syrup, and the Mounting Police keep law and order???#Canadia— Bill Simon (@billster030503) June 9, 2014
A column by the Sydney Morning Herald's Tony Wright joked that by calling the country Canadia, Abbott "introduced, for the briefest of moments, a language previously unknown: a language that renames that rather largish pink bit on the map above the United States," adding the gaffe should be blamed on jet-lag after Abbott flew from D-Day ceremonies to Ottawa.