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  • Words that have extended their meanings

    Oct 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Over time, language changes and evolves. When the meaning of a word changes or evolves, and there is sufficient evidence to support this new meaning, it is the dictionary’s duty to record it. If you look in a dictionary at any entry with more than one definition, you are probably looking at a word which, through use over time, has developed meanings beyond its original sense. Read more...

  • A Response from the Editor on 'misogyny'

    Oct 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

    In response to the various emails, posts, tweets, etc., from the public about the definition of the word misogyny, the editors would like to make the following comments. Read more..


  • MI·SOG·Y·NY. Hijacked by pedants

    Oct 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

    Macquarie in the news

    I'm starting to feel pretty worn down by the commentary surrounding the Prime Minister's speach on sexism and misogyny. Not because the debate has been heated (it has) not because it's been partisan (it has) and not even because it has been used as a springboard for even more sexist insults directed not just at the PM, but at women in general (if you are a masochist, have a look at the comments on Andrew Blot's blog). Read more...

    MI·SOG·Y·NY. Hijacked by pedants | Corinne Grant | The Hoopla

  • A Letter From the Editor on 'misogyny'

    Oct 17, 2012 | 0 Comments


    As Editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, I picture myself as the woman with the mop and broom and bucket cleaning the language off the floor after the party is over. And in this case it was quite a party. Read more...

  • Kindys or kindies?

    Oct 03, 2012 | 0 Comments


    A contributor recently pointed out the appearance of 'kindys' in a local newspaper headline. Read more...