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  • The language of Dickens

    Feb 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

    In my years as a dictionary editor I have found that one thing that stirs the imagination of an audience and puts a certain light in their eyes is the notion that they might make up a word that gets into the dictionary.  I think that what stirs them is the desire to make their mark and leave it for posterity. Read more...


  • Should #metoo, aquafaba & vaguebooking go in the dictionary?

    Feb 07, 2018 | 0 Comments

    Have you ever vaguebooked? Is aquafaba just as good as egg whites? One thing we're sure of, most of us have made a squish burger at least once in our lives. Read more new words here...


  • Why the Word of the Year is made up of two other words

    Jan 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

    Well, the milkshake duck has brought all the people to the yard. Or at least to our twitter feed.

    And they’re like,

    "It’s not one word, it’s two." Read more...


  • Your top ten blogs of 2017

    Dec 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Counting down from popularity, here's what you and the rest of Australia (and the world) wanted to talk about in 2017. Read more...


  • 12 days of Aussie Xmas

    Dec 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Come with us on a journey through some well-known and lesser known Aussie slang as we count down the days to Xmas. Let us know your favourite or what you'd rather receive instead of say, six proud bin chickens. Read more...


  • More words we hate

    Dec 12, 2017 | 2 Comments

    As we finish collecting and reviewing all the new words from 2017 in preparation for our Word of the Year, it's important to take a moment to reflect also on the words that we didn't like so much. We've talked about words we hate before, and really, some of these are likely still true today. Literally continues to infuriate, and corporate babble like talk offline or deep dive will likely always irk people. Read more...


  • Aussie collective nouns - winners!

    Dec 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

    We asked for Aussie collective nouns and you delivered! Now it's time to announce our favourite ten. Congratulations to everyone who won and thank to for entering. It was a lot of fun to see what we could all come up with. Find out the top ten here...


  • Aussie Christmas slang words and sayings

    Dec 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

    This Christmas, all of us here at the Macquarie Dictionary have kept our eyes and ears peeled for classic Aussie Christmas words and sayings - everything from stocking stuffer to rellies run! Read more...


  • Should these words go in the Macquarie Dictionary?

    Dec 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

    December 2017

    We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary. In a time of global instant communication, these words are popping up faster and in vaster quantities than ever before. Read more words from December 2017 here...


  • Fake news is here to stay

    Dec 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

    by Tiger Webb

    As a term, fake news seems to be a poorly understood one. When levelled as a pejorative against media organisations, it calls to mind Dylan Thomas's definition of an alcoholic: someone you don't like who publishes as much as you do. Pressed to define what makes fake news distinct from, say, poor reporting, the ABC’s language committee broadly agreed that that fake news must be deliberately inaccurate, designed to look like real news, and intended to mislead rather than entertain. Satire, in other words, doesn’t count. Read more...


  • How did language develop?

    Nov 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

    We all know that babies learn language from their parents. Indeed if they are deprived of this language learning - as happened with children who were lost and lived in the wild - then they find it very difficult to learn language when they are much older and rediscovered. Read more...


  • Invent an Aussie collective noun!

    Nov 10, 2017 | 3 Comments

    Tweet us, comment and tag us in your most imaginative, outlandish and of course, fitting new terms. We've got a list of animals below, but don't stop there, we want your most obscure, clever, interesting and fun takes on what makes an Aussie collective noun.

    We'll give our favourite entries prizes from the new Seventh Edition Macquarie Dictionary range. Read more...