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Posted on 21 December 2020
Top ten blogs for 2020 by Macquarie Dictionary
It's been a long, strange and unique year. One that the Word of the Year summed up pretty well in doomscrolling. But aside from that, we've also been busy writing and reading about all things lexicographical, including spelling, grammar and of course, new words. So take a look back at the year that was with our top ten blogs for 2020:
- The Word of the Year 2020 shortlist and the COVID Word of the Year 2020 shortlist
- Six beautiful words (from our series on words we think are beautiful)
- How to talk about COVID-19
- Different ways to talk about toilet paper
- 3500+ new words in the Macquarie Dictionary Eighth Edition
- New words to watch (part of our series on new words submitted for consideration to Macquarie Dictionary)
- Some new words from Kim Scott, author and writer of the foreword for the Macquarie Dictionary Eighth Edition
- A piece of Aussie slang: smoko
- Binary and non-binary gender words
- The usage of the word 'alot'
Posted on 24 June 2020
Six more unusual, beautiful words
Beautiful words don't just sound beautiful, some roll off the tongue with ease, some hit the air in sharp tones while others stretch out as you meander over syllables and roll certain letters. Some words evoke images and feelings as much as meaning. Below are six beautiful words to warm you this winter. Why not test out how they sound? Comment below if you think there are any other words worthy of the list and you might see them in an upcoming blog. You can also read the other entries in our beautiful words series here on our blog.
Posted on 31 January 2020
Beautiful words to start the year right
In a world where our words are practical and repetitive (just read any email chain!) we like to collate words that make you sit back and say "beautiful". Below are six words that illuminate the pages of the Macquarie Dictionary. Some glow while others feel peaceful. Which word is the most beautiful to you? Comment below if you think there are any other words worthy of the list and you might see them in an upcoming blog. You can also read the other entries in our beautiful words series here on our blog.
Posted on 17 December 2019
Your top ten Macquarie Dictionary blogs for 2019
This year, the Macquarie Dictionary covered topics from the etymology of the word kangaroo and echidna, to the way we refer to classic Aussie food like cheese slaw and parmigiana, to all the new words on the watchlist for possible inclusion in the dictionary. Each month, we highlighted a particular Aussie slang phrase as part of our Word of the Week series, and throughout the year, we compiled and shared lists of beautiful words such as cavalier and verdigris. But it comes time once again to count down our top ten blogs for 2019 as decided by our readers. Is your favourite article here?
- Our most popular Word of the Week and blog for 2019 was youse.
- Six more beautiful words like glockenspiel and croquembouche.
- The origin of the word kangaroo.
- The Sydney language (Dharug & Eora).
- Our Chief Editor on the influence of other Englishes on Australian English.
- The surprising etymology of echidna.
- A discussion about whether to say by accident or on accident.
- Creative ways to talk about getting fired.
- Do you shorten parmigiana to parma, parmi or parmo?
- And of course, the 2019 Word of the Year shortlist.
Posted on 24 July 2019
Some words are more beautiful words than others
Words can be beautiful in the way they look, the way they sound and in what they mean. Some words hit the trifecta of beauty, and others have only one. And still more are only beautiful to some people. We have a pretty good idea of what we like to see in words, but it's a very subjective artform. One person may love the word craquelure, but another may find it repulsive. We have found eight more beautiful words to bring you a little joy. From words about dreams, to writing and reading, Shakespeare and fine art – there is a word to suit everyone in our series. You can read our series on beautiful words here on our blog. We think every word is beautiful in its own way, and would love to hear from you what your chosen few words are. Comment below if you have a gem you think we've missed.
Posted on 7 February 2019
A new collection of six more beautiful words from the Macquarie Dictionary editors
Beautiful words are in the eye of the beholder. We've taken some suggestions and put together a few more words that we think evoke a sense of loveliness either in the way they sound or the way they look, and sometimes in the definition. You can read our first list of beautiful words here, and our follow-up here. We absolutely adore seeking out and being guided to words like these, so please tell us your favourites, or any words you think should be in our next collection. We'd love to hear from you.
Posted on 6 December 2018
Your favourite nine blogs from 2018
It's a been a huge year for 2018 and it's only going to get bigger with our Word of the Year coming very soon. We've trawled through our posts, covering our podcast, Word for Word, our regular themes like new words to watch and beautiful words and all the other things we've talked about this year, and come up with a short list of your favourite, most talked-about, most popular articles posted throughout 2018. 1. A miscellanea of beautiful terms 2. We're not here to f*ck spiders (NSFW) 3. Mmm…doughnuts (or is it ‘donuts’?) 4. Do you know these 'mad as' phrases? 5. Word for Word #21 For the love of words 6. Well-travelled words: 10 words from around the world 7. Seven more beautiful words from our editors 8. The effect of popular culture on language 9. Word for Word #20 Take a bow, Sue Butler
Posted on 16 October 2018
Seven more beautiful words from our editors
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 English language. We found this an inspiring exercise and one with a neverending bounty of words. We even received some lovely words from readers to add to the list. Words such as persiflage, meander and umbriferous (recently one of our Words of the Day) are all gorgeous suggestions. So, we made another list, to hopefully bring some joy to your days again. And please don't forget to comment and tell us even more of your own ideas of beautiful words.
Posted on 30 May 2018
A miscellanea of beautiful terms
We've put our heads together and come up with this very short list of terms that evoke beauty either in the sound of their utterance or in the poetry of their definition. Collecting these words was a great joy, and one we would love to share with you. Read more...