Macquarie Dictionary Blog: Archives
Dec 05, 2013 | 0 Comments
Clive Palmer isn't afraid to embrace his inner bogan, so why should we be? Read more...
Dec 02, 2013 | 0 Comments
Catchphrases and internet memes have much in common – you can never tell when one of them is going to take off. Read more...
Oct 11, 2013 | 1 Comment
When McCann approached us with their idea of creating a word for the activity of ignoring other people in favour of digital devices we welcomed the opportunity to take part in the process of coining a word which they would then launch on to the world. Read more...
Oct 03, 2013 | 2 Comments
The Editor gives her view
The Editor traces the history of this term and gives her thoughts on the recent controversy. Read more...
Oct 01, 2013 | 0 Comments
The bane of every writer’s life! The problem is that we see what we are expecting to see, not what is actually there, particularly if we are caught up in the writing process and most of our brain is preoccupied with the meaning of what we are writing. Read more...
Aug 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Every now and then this despised pronoun pops up for re-examination. It is a hand-me-down from Irish English into both Australian and American English. Read more...
Aug 07, 2013 | 0 Comments
Many words ending in -our, such as colour, honour and vigour, can also be spelt with -or. The Editor discusses how this variation arose. Read more...
Jun 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
The dictionary records 'forty' in the sense of 'a thief or scoundrel' and gives the following etymology:
from the Fitzroy Forty, a Melbourne gang of thieves named after Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, in The Arabian Nights' Entertainment.
However, our visiting lexicographer, Les Murray, told us... Read more
Apr 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
a soldier from Australia or New Zealand. Originally referred only to Gallipoli campaigners, (the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), then to all World War I soldiers, and later extended to any Aussie or Kiwi soldiers. Read more...
Mar 26, 2013 | 0 Comments
The pair licence/license are often confused. So how can we easily remember when to use which one? Read more...
Feb 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
The origin of 'bogan' is an interesting question. No one can say for sure that it is from the region near the Bogan River in NSW but it does seem the most likely explanation. Read more...
Feb 01, 2013 | 0 Comments
A common question about Word of the Year time is, 'how do words get into the dictionary'? To earn a place in the dictionary, a word has to prove that the community at large accepts it. That is to say, it has to turn up a number of times in a number of different contexts over a period of time. Read more...