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  • Word of the Year 2015 COMING SOON

    Dec 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

    This year we're shaking things up! In previous years the People's Choice and the Committee's Choice winning words have been announced at the same time. But this time the Committee will announce their choice and then we'll open up the vote to the public. You can then tell us whether you agree or disa ...


  • Sri Vaishnavi and Mica are the 2015 NSW Premier's Spelling Bee winners!

    Nov 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

    The State Finals of the 2015 NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee were held yesterday at the ABC Centre in Ultimo.

    The Junior winner was Sri Vaishnavi Kolluri, from North Sydney Public School with the word clairvoyant. The Senior winner was Mica Krzyzanowski, from Woollahra Public School who won with the word pastiche.

    Read more...


  • The Great Australian Spelling Book

    Nov 01, 2015 | 0 Comments

    In stores November 1, 2015

    Introducing The Great Australian Spelling Book, the official companion to The Great Australian Spelling Bee, the hit TV series from Network TEN. Written by the Macquarie Dictionary editors, The Great Australian Spelling Book provides a comprehensive and fun guide to better spelling, and is perfect for parents and teachers helping children of all ages learn to spell.

    Read more or buy now.


  • Thunderstruck by THAT word on Four Corners?

    Oct 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

    Susan Butler chats with ABC radio (LANGUAGE WARNING)

    ABC Radio's Michael Brissenden chats with Susan Butler about that word that went to air, without being bleeped out, on Four Corners earlier this week. Read more ...


  • NSW Premier's Spelling Bee Challenge

    Oct 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Macquarie Dictionary is a proud sponsor and the official word list supplier of the Premier's Spelling Bee.  The 2015 State Finals of the Premier's Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday 11 November. Last year's winners were Grace Du (Junior division), who was the runner-up in the The Great Australi ...


  • Susan Butler at the Bendigo Writers Festival

    Aug 04, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Susan Butler will be at the Bendigo Writers Festival, 7-8 August.


  • Susan Butler answers TedXSydney Post-it Questions

    Jul 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

    "By the end of Thursday 21 May, 2015 the Post-it® Wall in the Northern Foyer of the Sydney Opera House was covered with questions, comments and insights from the attendees. A colourful and exciting wall of inspiration and collaboration! So, we gave the speakers an opportunity to respond to these questions and insights, thereby ‘closing the loop’ for the attendees. Here, Susan Butler answers questions from the TEDxSydney community."

    Read the whole article below.

    Susan Butler answers your Post-it Questions | TEDxSydney


  • Susan Butler on Brisbane Times

    Jul 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Meet the boss - dictionary editor Susan Butler

    As the editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, Susan Butler knows she has the type of job people want to talk about at dinner parties.

    "It's not a run-of-the-mill job, people do find it intriguing, partly because they tend not to think of books that aren't actually written by someone," she says.

    Her words or not, it's a role Butler doesn't take lightly. 

    Meet the boss - dictionary editor Susan Butler | Sue White | brisbanetimes.com.au


  • Susan Butler with The Wheeler Centre

    Jun 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Working with Words: Susan Butler

    Susan Butler is the editor of Australia's national dictionary, the Macquarie Dictionary. She talks to us about life at the frontline of language – why she's 'the woman with the mop and bucket', and what it's like reading the dictionary from A to Z.

    Working with Words: Susan Butler | Sophie Quick | Books, reading & writing


  • Buzzfeed asks Sue about internet slang

    May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

    We Tested The Editor Of The Dictionary To See How Well She Knows The Internet’s Favourite Words

    Meet Susan Butler, Australia’s official “Word Queen”! Susan is the editor of Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary and is widely regarded as one of the world’s best lexicographers. She is literally called on whenever there’s a dispute about words and their wonderful meanings.

    We decided to test Susan’s skills on the sidelines of the TedX Sydney conference. We asked her to guess the definitions of what passes for words on the internet. Here… we… go…

    We Tested The Editor Of The Dictionary To See How Well She Knows The Internet’s Favourite Words | Buzzfeed | 21 May 2015


  • Macquarie Dictionary adds WWI images to the online dictionary

    Apr 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Defining World War I in words and pictures

    To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli, we have started off our image collection with a selection from the wonderful photographic database of the Australian War Memorial.

    More than 200 entries relating to World War I have been illustrated with more than 300 images from the Australian War Memorial’s collection, illustrating the Australian experience in WWI. Read more...


  • Susan Butler on Mashable Australia talking about the skol vs scull debate

    Apr 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

    You can now scull/skol your beer in peace, as Australia's Macquarie Dictionary has confirmed you can use whichever spelling you please. Editor Susan Butler spoke to Mashable Australia to shed some light on what she calls the "tug of war". Read more...

    The pub argument of the decade: Do you skol or scull a beer? | Jenni Ryall | Mashable Australia