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  • A plethora of whisperers

    Feb 25, 2016 | 2 Comments

    The horse whisperer was the starting point for today’s plethora of whisperers. It is thought that this was the name of an Irish horseman, Daniel `Horse-Whisperer' Sullivan (died 1810), whose rehabilitation of intractable horses was thought to involve whispering since he stood so close to the horse he was training. Read more...

  • Bringing 'the heat'

    Feb 11, 2016 | 1 Comment

    Perth is in the grip of a heatwave and so the meteorologist whose task it was to report, yet again, that the heat is with us, remarked casually that it might help to break the monotony if he had other words for ‘the heat’. And so a message was sent to Macquarie Dictionary. Can you help please? Read more...

  • The pronunciation of placenames

    Feb 10, 2016 | 3 Comments

    The pronunciation of placenames can cause great difficulty. It is easy to spot an outsider by the mistakes that they make, usually a cause for mirth or irritation for the locals. Read more...