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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  • Reflecting Australia's gerrys

    Oct 04, 2016 | 1 Comment

    A friend of mine in Singapore reported that the Singaporean government has taken up the term pioneer to refer to anyone old enough to have contributed to Singapore’s early nationhood from 1955 onwards. Pioneers... Read more...


  • Should these words go in the Macquarie Dictionary?

    Oct 03, 2016 | 1 Comment

    September 2016

    We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary. In a time of global instant communication, these words are popping up faster and in vaster quantities than ever before. Read more...


  • Wibble-wobble and boing

    Sep 22, 2016 | 4 Comments

    jelly on a plate

    My attention has been drawn to the creation of the new verb, to wibble-wobble, meaning ‘to prevaricate’.  This is a contribution of Mathias Cormann who made reference to the nursery rhyme, Jelly on a Plate which has the verse... Read more...


  • English words of Indigenous origin for NAIDOC Week 2016

    Sep 14, 2016 | 1 Comment

    This NAIDOC Week, we celebrated Indigenous culture by highlighting some of the many words that have become a part of Australian English from various Indigenous languages. Read more...


  • Ever been phubbed?

    Sep 09, 2016 | 0 Comments

    A few years ago an executive from the McCann advertising agency approached me with an idea to document the process of the coining of a new word. He had a social phenomenon in mind for which he wished to find a word... Read more...


  • Should these words go in the Macquarie Dictionary?

    Sep 02, 2016 | 0 Comments

    Should these words go in the dictionary

    August 2016

    We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary. In a time of global instant communication, these words are popping up faster and in vaster quantities than ever before. Read more...


  • Entertaining, obscure sports

    Aug 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

    Here at the Macquarie Dictionary, we put our heads together and came up with a few overlooked sports that we think would be perfect in the next games. Read more...


  • Should these words go in the Macquarie Dictionary?

    Aug 03, 2016 | 2 Comments

    should these words go in the macquarie dictionary

    July 2016

    We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary. In a time of global instant communication, these words are popping up faster and in vaster quantities than ever before. Read more...


  • Poképunning while we play Pokémon Go

    Jul 28, 2016 | 2 Comments

    Not so long ago, the world was swept up in the all-consuming new gaming phenomenon of Pokémon Go. Unless you live in a very remote, secluded area, you will have seen the evidence of Pokémania... Read more...


  • Ligers and tigons and grolar bears, oh my!

    Jul 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

    The grolar bear was added to the dictionary in 2015, and before you ask, no, we didn’t make it up. Read more...


  • Our favourite invented portmanteaus from members of the Australian Writers' Centre

    Jul 15, 2016 | 1 Comment

    The Australian Writers' Centre recently held a competition asking for the best invented portmanteau. They awarded their winners, but we've trawled through the entries and found some favourites of our own. Read more...


  • Are you prepped enough for doomsday?

    Jul 13, 2016 | 1 Comment

    Our guest blogger discusses the rise and rise of doomsday preppers

    Doomsday, Judgement Day, or the Apocalypse, whatever you want to call it, the strategy of being prepared for an unknown disaster is now becoming more and more a reality... Read more...