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  • Words of the Year around the world for 2018

    Nov 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

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    Every year at Macquarie Dictionary HQ, we gather a few key people together to review all the new words from the previous 12 months, longlist them, narrow them down even further and decide on a single word that represents the year gone by, also known as our Word of the Year. For 2017, that word was m...


  • Should these seven new words go in the dictionary?

    Nov 01, 2018 | 1 Comment

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    Every month, we review some of the new words as submitted by you for consideration in the Macquarie Dictionary. We are looking for interesting, Australia-specific usage, but we love all new, and sometimes old but relatively unknown words. This month, we had a plethora of submissions but we've picked...


  • Seven more beautiful words from our editors

    Oct 16, 2018 | 2 Comments

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    Recently, we put together a list of all the most beautiful words we could come up with, either because of the way they sound, the balance in their spelling or their lovely definitions (or a combination of many). We whittled the list down and shared them with you as an ode to the beauty of the Englis...


  • Bohemian Rhapsody: 10 phrases made famous by music

    Oct 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

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    We love a good phrase with an interesting etymology. Better yet when the phrase itself came about through the medium of music. We look at our favourite phrases brought to you by music icons. Read more...


  • Should packing party, himpathy and solopreneur go in the dictionary?

    Sep 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

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    We're ready to look at some more new words as submitted by you, our readers and fellow word connoisseurs.

    We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary, so please let us know if you know of one. Read more...


  • Plants that can transform: have you tried jackfruit, Irish moss or seitan?

    Sep 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

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    With the rise of faux meat and vegan substitutes, we look at the plants behind these creations, find out more about their origins and what food they can be transformed into.

    Have you ever tried pulled jackfruit? Have you ever used aquafaba in baking? Do you sprinkle nutritional yeast on your food?

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  • Mmm…doughnuts (or is it ‘donuts’?)

    Sep 11, 2018 | 3 Comments

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    Here at the dictionary, we are big fans of doughnuts (and who isn’t?). I think most doughnut lovers can agree that sweet, fluffy dough, which is fried and then glazed, topped or filled, is quite delicious in whatever form it takes. But there seems to be a running debate as to which of the dough styl...


  • Should logical family, dibling and food forest go in the dictionary?

    Sep 03, 2018 | 6 Comments

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    We're ready to look at some more new words as submitted by you, our readers and fellow word connoisseurs.

    We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary, so please let us know if you know of one. Read more...


  • The effect of popular culture on language

    Aug 07, 2018 | 4 Comments

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    Recently, we sent the call out for ‘weird and woolly’ questions from readers – wordy things you’ve been wondering about. And we have received some interesting ones, with topics ranging from the mind-boggling inconsistency of English spelling and pronunciation to the placement of apostrophes. Read more...


  • Should detourism, factflip and CODA go in the dictionary?

    Jul 31, 2018 | 3 Comments

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    We're ready to look at some more new words as submitted by you, our readers and fellow word connoisseurs.

    We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary, so please let us know if you know of one. Read more...


  • The Jupiter discovery: satellite vs. moon

    Jul 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

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    We’ve just been told that twelve new moons have been discovered in Jupiter’s orbit, bringing its total to 79. We set about updating the definition in the Macquarie, a fairly straightforward procedure, you would think...

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  • Do you know these 'mad as' phrases?

    Jul 17, 2018 | 2 Comments

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    Do you know any of these infamous 'mad as' idiomatic phrases? We often use these colourful turns of phrase to brighten up our language and give more emphasis to what (or usually who) we're talking about. Read more...