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Oct 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
Susan Butler writes for The Drum (LANGUAGE WARNING)
The lessons about which words are taboo have not been universally imparted. So when Senator Eric Abetz said "Negro", he was probably as surprised by the reaction as some people were by his choice of words, writes Susan Butler.
Oct 21, 2015 | 1 Comment
Susan Butler chats with ABC radio (LANGUAGE WARNING)
ABC Radio's Michael Brissenden chats with Susan Butler about that word that went to air, without being bleeped out, on Four Corners earlier this week. Read more ...
Oct 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Macquarie Dictionary is a proud sponsor and the official word list supplier of the Premier's Spelling Bee. The 2015 State Finals of the Premier's Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday 11 November. Last year's winners were Grace Du (Junior division), who was the runner-up in the The Great Australi ...
Oct 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
I was asked to comment on the declaration by the Speaker in the Victorian Legislative Assembly that the word rort (and all its derived forms) was to be considered unparliamentary language. Read more...
Oct 09, 2015 | 1 Comment
Rhyming slang, contrary to popular belief, was never a big part of the Cockney way of speaking. It was made to seem that way by the entertainment industry who created such characters as Alf Garnett and Arthur Daley whose habit of rhyming slang was part of their stage make-up. Read more...