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It’s the holidays for word lovers – Word of the Year season, that is, when everyone from columnists to dictionaries pick the words they think best capture the past year lexically and culturally. On this week’s Word Watch, we round up some of the Words of the Year announced so far from across the globe. […]more
Australian English is a distinctive part of global English. Ever since English was first spoken on the antipodean continent in the late eighteenth century, the vocabulary has evolved and adapted to such matters as the circumstances of penal settlement, indigenous culture and language, the diverse landscape, the unique flora and fauna, and the formative agricultural, […]more
When Kylie Minogue used the words dag and daggy in a TV interview last year, an explanation was required: “it’s just kind of like the opposite of cool, you know?” What a perfect definition, and who better to define it than our national pop ambassador? Australian English is often mysterious when heard outside its native […]more