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  • Joe Hildebrand on the power of words

    Jan 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

    A Word of the Year 2015 blog post from guest contributor Joe Hildebrand

    'It’s only words, and words are all I have to take your heart away.'

    With this little lyric a big-haired, trouser-flared ensemble called the Bee Gees perhaps accidentally summed up the universal lament of the human race in a single line – albeit a deeply ungrammatical one. Read more...


  • Words we hate

    Jan 11, 2016 | 14 Comments

    I know it is the time when we celebrate the new words in the English language, but it is also the time, as my friends at 2UE reminded me, when people like to consider the words they most hated in the previous year. Read more...


  • Most searched words in 2015

    Jan 06, 2016 | 0 Comments

    The top 10 most commonly searched words in the online dictionary for 2015 are chuffed, wellbeing, practice, practise, firsthand, licence, healthcare, onboard, longstanding, and frontline. Want some help remembering what's what for the common confusables? Here's some handy help from the blog: The dif ...