Macquarie Dictionary Blog: Archives
Sep 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Susan Butler, the Editor of the Macquarie Dictionary joins Neil Mitchell on 3AW to talk about how and whether one can, fix misuse of language in English.
How do we fix misuse of the English language? | 3AW | 15 Sept 2016
Aug 01, 2016 | 0 Comments
Join the editors of the Macquarie Dictionary as they talk through some key educational terms relevant to Australian schools, students and educators in collaboration with Teacher Magazine.
Teacher's dictionary | Teacher Magazine | 01 Aug 2016
Feb 25, 2016 | 2 Comments
The horse whisperer was the starting point for today’s plethora of whisperers. It is thought that this was the name of an Irish horseman, Daniel `Horse-Whisperer' Sullivan (died 1810), whose rehabilitation of intractable horses was thought to involve whispering since he stood so close to the horse he was training. Read more...
Feb 11, 2016 | 1 Comment
Perth is in the grip of a heatwave and so the meteorologist whose task it was to report, yet again, that the heat is with us, remarked casually that it might help to break the monotony if he had other words for ‘the heat’. And so a message was sent to Macquarie Dictionary. Can you help please? Read more...
Feb 10, 2016 | 3 Comments
The pronunciation of placenames can cause great difficulty. It is easy to spot an outsider by the mistakes that they make, usually a cause for mirth or irritation for the locals. Read more...
Feb 02, 2016 | 0 Comments
This is a first – the people and the Committee have agreed that captain’s call is the Word of the Year. Clearly this term has resonated with Australians, possibly because it touches on two of our national passions – cricket and politics – and so has been nominated as the most valuable contribution to Australian English in 2015. –SUSAN BUTLER, THE EDITOR
Jan 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
Susan Butler, the Editor of the Macquarie Dictionary joins Studio Ten to talk about where some of our most iconic Aussie sayings come from.
Origins of Aussie Sayings | Studio Ten | 26 Jan 2016
Jan 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
A Word of the Year 2015 blog post from guest contributor Joe Hildebrand
'It’s only words, and words are all I have to take your heart away.'
With this little lyric a big-haired, trouser-flared ensemble called the Bee Gees perhaps accidentally summed up the universal lament of the human race in a single line – albeit a deeply ungrammatical one. Read more...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
A collection of some media coverage of Word of the Year 2015. Read more...
Jan 21, 2016 | 1 Comment
The Committee's Choice for Word of the Year 2015 goes to...captain's call.
Honourable mentions to go lumbersexual and deso.
Jan 11, 2016 | 14 Comments
I know it is the time when we celebrate the new words in the English language, but it is also the time, as my friends at 2UE reminded me, when people like to consider the words they most hated in the previous year. Read more...
Jan 07, 2016 | 1 Comment
Photos taken as part of the OzPic project will be added to the online dictionary