The Australian National Dictionary Centre

The Australian National Dictionary Centre staff edit Oxford Australian dictionaries at the Australian National University. They blog at ozwords.org

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The Australian English phrase 'dry as a dead dingo’s donger' is used to convey extreme thirst.

Donkey-voters and dead dingo’s donger: a new edition of the Australian National Dictionary

A new edition of the Australian National Dictionary has just been published, updating the one-volume, 814 page 1988 edition, with 10,000 Australian words and meanings illustrated by 60,000 citations, to a two-volume, 1864 page work, with 16,000 Australian words and meanings illustrated by 123,000 citations. Read on to discover what has been added, and why. […]

Kangaroo: the international and regional word

Kangaroo: the international and regional word

In 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip and his fleet of ships arrived in Australia, in the area that would become Sydney, in order to establish a convict colony. Governor Phillip had in his possession a list of Aboriginal words, provided to him by the botanist Joseph Banks (and called ‘the New Holland language’), which it was […]

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