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  • By saying 'Negro', Eric Abetz has revealed the complications of taboos

    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


  • What a rort!

    Oct 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Unparliamentary language

    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...


  • Rhyming slang

    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...