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  • Susan Butler on ABC's Radio National talking about 'The Aitch Factor'

    Dec 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

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    The aitch factor

    Do you say ‘aitch’ or ‘haitch’? In the Australian vernacular this pronunciation has been a bone of contention for a long time.

    Language is an ever-evolving entity but when is a word ‘real’ enough to feature in the dictionary? Susan Butler is the editor of the Macquarie Dictionary and has the fascinating task of deciding which words belong in the dictionary.

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  • Susan on ABC Local talking about her adventures in English

    Nov 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

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    Susan Butler has the last word on our words

    Susan Butler discusses her adventures in English with Richard Aedy on Sunday Profile. Read more...

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  • Grace Du and Will Stamp are the 2014 Premier's Spelling Bee winners!

    Nov 06, 2014 | 0 Comments

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    The State Finals of the 2014 Premier’s Spelling Bee Challenge were held yesterday at the ABC Centre in Ultimo.

    The Junior winner was Grace Du, 8, from Kieraville Public with the word rhetorical. The Senior winner was Will Stamp, 11, from Mona Vale Public School who won with the word phosphoresceRead more...


  • Comments feature now available!

    Sep 03, 2014 | 1 Comment

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    New comment feature now on our blog and news pages

    Have a question for the Editor about something she’s written? Do you want to have your say? With our new comments feature you can! Read more...


  • Wordplay: It's all Greek to me

    Aug 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

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    Macquarie in the news

    Back in the spring of 1986 I rang Susan Butler at Macquarie Dictionary. As editor, she must have fielded her share of odd requests, but this was up there. In my wildest dreams I wanted a super-list of every word her big green book defined.

    Cyberspace was not invented then. Instead, if you wanted to check a word you needed a real-life book on the shelf.

    Wordplay: It's all Greek to me | David Astle | SMH


  • Sue Butler on ABC News Breakfast program talking about 'The Aitch Factor'

    Aug 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

    'The Aitch Factor'

    Macquarie Dictionary editor Susan Butler talks to News Breakfast about her new book on the evolution of the English language in Australia.

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  • Why 'youse' deserves its place in Australia's national dictionary

    Aug 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

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    Macquarie in the news

    For 30 years Susan Butler has been at the helm of the Macquarie Dictionary. Here she defends the inclusion of a much-derided word.

    I like to joke that, as the editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, I am like the woman with the mop and bucket who comes along to clean up after the party is over. Read more...

    Why 'youse' deserves its place in Australia's national dictionary | Susan Butler | The Guardian

     


  • What Even Is Australian English? An Interview With The Editor Of The Macquarie Dictionary

    Aug 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

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    Macquarie in the news

    Before the first edition of The Macquarie Dictionary was published in 1981, few Australians considered that the English they spoke was any different to British English – we might have different accents, sure, and a few colourful colloquialisms, but it’s fundamentally the same thing as the mother country’s mother tongue, isn’t it?

    What Even Is Australian English? An Interview With The Editor Of The Macquarie Dictionary | Chad Parkhill | JUNKEE.com


  • A timely word from the wise, Susan Butler

    Aug 09, 2014 | 0 Comments

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    Macquarie in the news

    ‘YOUSE has been common in Britain for some time now and is usually an (understood) ­abbreviation for ‘you all’ or ‘you both’. Horrible, I know but not as bad as ‘anyfink’ else. (Harriet Farnaby, Geelong West).’’ This little letter in a Melbourne newspaper, in response to various cranky missives about perceived abuses of our language, is precisely the kind of information Susan Butler collects from her treasured Australian “language community”.

    A timely word from the wise, Susan Butler | Agnes Nieuwenhuizen | The Australian


  • Is it 'aitch' or 'haitch'? Susan Butler on her new book

    Aug 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

    Susan Butler joins 1233's Jill Emberson to talk about her new book 'The Aitch Factor'.

    Is it 'aitch' or 'haitch'? Editor of Macquarie Dictionary on new book |1233newcastle | 04 Aug 2014


  • Sometimes, the words get lost in translation

    Aug 02, 2014 | 0 Comments

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    Macquarie in the news

    Confession: for an embarrassingly long time I thought Yosemite – America’s stunning national park – rhymed with "nose bight". As in: "Oh, I’d simply adore to visit Yoze-might." Similarly, the first time I spoke about visiting Wagga Wagga, it rhymed – fittingly – with blagger. Read more...

    Sometimes, the words get lost in translation | Gary Nunn | The Age




  • Susan Butler's 'The Aitch Factor'

    Aug 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

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    In stores August 1, 2014

    From the editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, Australia’s national dictionary, comes this lively, and often hilarious, debate on Australian English.

    From aitch to amazeballs, from mondegreens to man boobs, there is no topic too controversial or complex for Australia’s most influential editor, Susan Butler. Read more...