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Susan Butler talks portmanteau words

portmanteau words

Crunching words together to make a new coinage has been a popular pastime in the English language since the nineteenth century. You might be using some of these words without even realising it.

Read more about portmanteau words and where they come from in our From the Editor blog.

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So far the online dictionary has several hundred environment photos and war images, illustrating our diverse landscape, flora and fauna, and portraying the Australian experience in WWI. We are now looking for more images to further illustrate entries in the online dictionary.

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A decorative or artistic style (in art, decor, film, etc.) which reflects or suggests the Japanese tradition.


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