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Please note: this blog post discusses language that some readers may find offensive. Like the UK, Australia has been through tumultuous political times recently. We’ve had five changes of Prime Minister in the last decade, three of them overthrown by their own colleagues. And, like Brenda from Bristol, we’ve had our moment with surprise election […]more
Rebel Wilson, an Australian comedian and actor, won her defamation case last week, suing the publisher of several popular Australian magazines for publishing stories accusing her of being a liar about her age and background. In a tweet, Wilson sarcastically thanked the ‘shady Australian press’ for their ‘tall poppy syndrome’. Australians would know exactly what […]more
We’ve taken on an ambitious task today: we’re looking at the origin stories behind the names (in English) of every single country in the world – using the list of countries as determined by the UN and information from the Oxford Concise Dictionary of World Place-Names. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language […]more
The summertime is the perfect time of year to hop on a plane and find yourself in a new and exciting destination for a week or two … or three. When it comes to unique locales, there is no place quite like Oceania, the area encompassing the islands of the Pacific Ocean and adjacent seas. […]more
The latest Oxford Dictionaries update doesn’t just include individual words: as always, phrases are also included. This update sees many Australian English idioms added to OxfordDictionaries.com, and we’ve selected some that we’d like to hear more of across the English-speaking world. Some are used in other countries too; some might be unfamiliar even to many […]more
Gidday! Don’t experience cultural cringe or get the irrits, because we’ve got some great Australian English words to share with you. Our recent Oxford Dictionaries update also sees many more terms and phrases from Australian English added. Some are used by every Fred Nerk, while some are a bit less common, but the good guts […]more
In my recent book, Furphies and Whizz-bangs: Anzac Slang from the Great War, I had the opportunity to revisit some of the classic collections of war slang, including the Australian publication Digger Dialects, written in 1919 by W.H. Downing, and the British Songs and Slang of the British Soldier: 1914–1918, compiled by John Brophy and […]more