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  • New Feature: My Account portal

    Feb 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

    The 'My Account' administrator portal is a new feature that allows all individual susbcribers and the designated administrators under an institutional subscription to manage their subscription details online. Read more...

  • Send it down Hughie!

    Feb 26, 2014 | 0 Comments


    I made the mistake of being overly impressed by a historian’s detailed analysis of the origin of this phrase.  He, in turn, had been very taken by a family who explained that their ancestor, John Ziegler Huie, had been manager on a station near Narrandera in the late 19th century. Read more...

  • Forgotten and misunderstood phrases

    Feb 17, 2014 | 0 Comments


    There are phrases which were perfectly well understood when they were first uttered but which, over time, have come to be misconstrued, usually because there is a word in the phrase which has become obsolete. Read more...

  • The decline of the hyphen

    Feb 12, 2014 | 1 Comment


    The first thing to say about hyphens is that there are a lot less of them than there used to be. In general over the last few decades we have tossed out buckets of commas, hyphens, dashes and so on, on the basis that the text reads quite well without them. Read more...


  • Susan Butler on Breakfast with Robbie Buck talking about Word of the Year

    Feb 05, 2014 | 0 Comments

    Macquarie Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year

    What the hell does 'infovore' mean?

    You may have to grab a new edition of the Macquarie Dictionary online because it's just been named the word of the year for 2013.

    The editor of the dictionary, Susan Butler says an 'infovore' is someone who depends on consuming lots of information. Read more...

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  • Winning Word of the Year 2013

    Feb 04, 2014 | 0 Comments


    The results are in and the winning words for 2013 have been decided!

    We are delighted to announce the winner(s) of Macquarie Dictionary's Word of the Year 2013.

    This year's winner, as selected by the Word of the Year Committee, is infovore.

    The People’s Choice Award goes to onesie.

  • The Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year is …

    Feb 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

    Macquarie in the news

    Each year the Macquarie Dictionary names a Word of the Year from a shortlist of words that have made a valuable contribution to the language. And it has declared 2013 to be the year … of … the … “infovore”. Read more...

    The Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year is... | Howard Manns | The Conversation

  • Why You’re An Infovore (Even Though You Don’t Know What One Is)

    Feb 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

    Macquarie in the news

    The Macquarie Dictionary has released its Word of the Year for 2013. And the winner is… ‘Infovore’. We’re willing to bet that most of you have never seen or heard this phrase before. However, it’s actually something that adequately describes our readers. Read more...

    Why You're An Infovore (Even Though You Don’t Know What One Is) | Chris Jager |

  • Infovore - The 2013 Word of the Year

    Feb 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

    Susan Butler, the Editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, joined Tim Cox to explain 'infovore', the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year for 2013.

    Tim Cox: Infovore - The 2013 Word of the Year | 612 ABC Brisbane | 04 Feb 2014