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  • Words of the Year slug it out!

    Jan 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

    A commentator has described the various Words of the Year as filters, all of them framed slightly differently, through which we could look at the words of the preceding year. One filter might be the idea of the celebrity word, another the computer-driven greatest number of hits on the dictionary database.

    Each of these filters is interesting in its way. Read more...

  • The difference between complement & compliment

    Jan 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

    The easy one is complement. If something complements another thing, it serves to round it out in some way. The short way to remember this is to say that a complement makes something complete.

    The necklace complements your new outfit.

    Both complement and complete come from the same Latin verb complere to make full. Read more...

  • Most searched words in 2014

    Jan 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

    The top 10 most commonly searched words in the online dictionary for 2014 are: practise, practice, licence, effect, wellbeing, firsthand, license, longstanding, onboard, complement Want some help remembering what's what for these common confusables? Here's some handy help from the blog: The differen ...

  • A wongi about Australian Word Map

    Jan 09, 2015 | 0 Comments


    Do you wear your cossie, swimmers or togs when you go to the beach? And when you're there, do you eat an icy pole, an iceblock or a by jingo? Do you say peanut butter or peanut paste? Read more...