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  • No shirtfronting here!

    Nov 25, 2014 | 1 Comment


    Every now and then the editors of the dictionary are alerted to the existence of a word, or a different meaning of an existing word, which had previously escaped their notice, so all they can do is belatedly catch up with the language. This is not a case of the dictionary being shirtfronted. Read more...

  • Vape schmape!

    Nov 20, 2014 | 2 Comments


    I have been asked to comment on the Oxford Word of the Year which was announced yesterday. My first thought was – surely the year isn’t over yet. I haven’t started thinking about Christmas! The chosen word was ‘vape’.  Macquarie did vaping and e-cigarettes in the Word of the Year selection last year so that isn’t new. Read more...