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  • Susan Butler answers TedXSydney Post-it Questions

    Jul 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

    "By the end of Thursday 21 May, 2015 the Post-it® Wall in the Northern Foyer of the Sydney Opera House was covered with questions, comments and insights from the attendees. A colourful and exciting wall of inspiration and collaboration! So, we gave the speakers an opportunity to respond to these questions and insights, thereby ‘closing the loop’ for the attendees. Here, Susan Butler answers questions from the TEDxSydney community."

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    Susan Butler answers your Post-it Questions | TEDxSydney

  • What's the correct usage and difference between 'while' and 'whilst'?

    Jul 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

    A typewriter from above

    When used as a conjunction whilst and while are completely interchangeable. While can also function as a noun where whilst cannot. In American English whilst is regarded as quaint or old-fashioned and rarely used. In British English both are used frequently with speakers often making use of both forms. In Australian English while is more common than whilstRead more...

  • The Scrabble dictionary

    Jul 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Somewhere in my childhood reading I learnt what you had to do if you were caught in the snow. You piled up a dome of snow with a hollow centre, crawled inside it and sealed up the dome. Then your own breath and body heat and the insulation of the snow kept you warm. Read more...

  • Dusty words from the attic

    Jul 09, 2015 | 5 Comments

    Obscure words have a fascination for us. It is like taking a trip to the verbal attic and finding all sorts of curious, usually dust-covered oddities that speak to us of another time and place. Read more...

  • Susan Butler on Brisbane Times

    Jul 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Meet the boss - dictionary editor Susan Butler

    As the editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, Susan Butler knows she has the type of job people want to talk about at dinner parties.

    "It's not a run-of-the-mill job, people do find it intriguing, partly because they tend not to think of books that aren't actually written by someone," she says.

    Her words or not, it's a role Butler doesn't take lightly. 

    Meet the boss - dictionary editor Susan Butler | Sue White |