Libba or Libber?

Which?

  • Libba

    Votes: 40 93.0%
  • Libber

    Votes: 1 2.3%
  • Bring back the Thor guernsey!

    Votes: 2 4.7%

  • Total voters
    43

ScragCity

Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 7, 2015
8,648
16,288
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
No one has ever been able to give me a convincing answer to this. I used to say Libba because it looks a bit nicer and it's a bit easier to say but lately I've found myself going to Libber when I'm screaming at the telly. I feel it really emphasises his hardness in the contest and just how much of an intense bloke he is when you put that R at the end. However, I also didn't mind BT's now infamous round two call: "Libbalibbalibbalibbalibbalibbaaaaaa"

So, how do YOU say it?
 

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Dogs_R_Us

Space Traveller
May 3, 2001
11,373
11,193
Sirius - the Dogstar
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
No one has ever been able to give me a convincing answer to this. I used to say Libba because it looks a bit nicer and it's a bit easier to say but lately I've found myself going to Libber when I'm screaming at the telly. I feel it really emphasises his hardness in the contest and just how much of an intense bloke he is when you put that R at the end. However, I also didn't mind BT's now infamous round two call: "Libbalibbalibbalibbalibbalibbaaaaaa"

So, how do YOU say it?
How about we listen to you screaming it both ways and then we’ll decide?
:)
 

Next Waiting

Premiership Player
Jan 19, 2014
3,629
5,641
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
No one has ever been able to give me a convincing answer to this. I used to say Libba because it looks a bit nicer and it's a bit easier to say but lately I've found myself going to Libber when I'm screaming at the telly. I feel it really emphasises his hardness in the contest and just how much of an intense bloke he is when you put that R at the end. However, I also didn't mind BT's now infamous round two call: "Libbalibbalibbalibbalibbalibbaaaaaa"

So, how do YOU say it?
Definitely Libbaaaaaaah unless he does something wrong and then I prefer Thomaaarse in a measured but disapproving tone.
 

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ivan rassmussen

Club Legend
Jun 28, 2007
2,918
5,177
1973
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Coming from Italian stock myself, and seeing the full name is Liberatore, I always thought it should be 'Liber', but 'Libba' Australianises it nicely. (In the same way that the former player to me when kicking goals was always 'Stringggaaaa'...)

Note: There was an awful period in the early 90s where that tool McAveney actually referred to Tom's dad in commentary as 'Libbers' with an 's', and also pronounced the 'r' - astounding!
 

ivan rassmussen

Club Legend
Jun 28, 2007
2,918
5,177
1973
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Surely you meant to say "skipifies" - having married into a collection of Italian in-laws that is certainly their favoured terminology.
My family came here just after the war (WW2, that is), predates the ‘skippy’ reference. I loved watching it as a child though - I’m so old I saw it’s original tv run! o_O
 

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