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

Aug 12, 2014

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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.

By this I mean that I do not create the mess. I am not devising the new words and bending the language to new uses. That is the consequence of the creative, not to say intoxicated, efforts of the language community. All I do is tidy up and decide what is worth putting in the dictionary and what goes out with the rubbish.

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

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