Susan Butler, Editor
The words that a language community chooses to use end up being, collectively, a mirror to the changes that are happening around us. The task of the dictionary is to keep track of these changes as one way of recording our culture. This blog will allow me to note the detail of language change as it happens, analysing current use and perhaps following a thread into history. I hope that it will be an important preliminary to decisions that are made about what should go into the dictionary.

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  • Spelling matters: -ise or -ize?

    Jan 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

    A school in Queensland has caused a stir by using the spelling authorization with a z on its public noticeboard.

    This has sparked a debate on radio as to what is the correct spelling and Macquarie has been asked to give advice. Read more...

  • Spelling matters: programme or program?

    Oct 03, 2013 | 2 Comments

    The Editor gives her view

    The Editor traces the history of this term and gives her thoughts on the recent controversy. Read more...

  • Spelling matters: -our or -or?

    Aug 07, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Many words ending in -our, such as colour, honour and vigour, can also be spelt with -or. The Editor discusses how this variation arose. Read more...

  • Spelling matters: -ing and -ed

    Mar 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

    We were recently asked about the preferred spelling for focus -- is it focusing or focussing? Read more...

  • Spelling matters: PDF vs pdf

    Dec 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

    Recently the editor received a query about the term PDF vs pdf. Read more...

  • Spelling matters: 'can not' or 'cannot'

    Jun 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

    What is  the difference between can not and cannot