Australian English has many fascinating stories, interesting etymologies, and wonderfully weird slang. The language is constantly evolving as the world around us changes; new words are created, meanings change, and other things get left behind. In Word for Word, we explore the surprising histories behind everyday words and phrases, go behind-the-scenes with the dictionary editors, and meet some of Australia's most interesting word-lovers, from Scrabble champions to hip-hop artists. Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.

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  • #8 Word of the Year 2016

    Feb 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Join us as we go behind the scenes in the selection process for Macquarie's Word of the Year. We listen in on the Word of the Year committee meeting, featuring guest judges Dom Knight and Annabel Crabb; the dictionary team reflects on how the extraordinary politics of 2016 collided with our language last year; and Sue Butler is the guest of honour at a kebab house.

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  • #7 Tears of joy

    Dec 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

    Yas queen, we're finally talking internet slang! In this episode, we marvel at the evolution of language online, exploring emoji, hashtags, and new words with writer Alex McKinnon. It's lit. Also: the dictionary team reminisce about the weird things you've sent them in the mail, and the players at The Games Den reveal their favourite words.

    This is the last episode in our very first series of Word for Word. But don't worry! We'll be back with brand new episodes early in the new year.

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  • #6 Toorak tractors & sausage sandwiches

    Dec 07, 2016 | 0 Comments

    It's the question that sparked debate around the country: what do you call a sausage in a piece of bread? Your answer will likely reveal your roots, as the Macquarie team goes beyond bathers vs. cossies to explore Australian regionalisms. Also: Sue Butler reveals the secret histories behind some uniquely Australian turns of phrase, and we get closer to nature in search of favourite words.

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  • #5 Tile master

    Nov 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

    Fancy yourself a dab hand at Scrabble? Meet Esther Perrins. She's a former British national champion and Guinness World Record holder, and her highest score for a single game of Scrabble is a staggering 683 points. Also: Sue Butler muses on the enduring appeal of folk etymologies and the Pan Macmillan book club deploys some very classy favourite words.

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  • #4 Darn & blast

    Nov 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

    Warning: this episode contains quite a lot of swearing because we're talking about - well, swearing.

    This week, the Macquarie Dictionary team is living dangerously with no good, very bad, extremely naughty taboo words. Also: Sue Butler tells the story of Australia's very first dictionary, written by a notorious convict, and we swing by the local dojo to collect some favourite words.

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  • #3 Wandering rhapsodist

    Nov 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

    This week on Word for Word, poet, rapper and author Omar Musa waxes lyrical on the rich diversity of Australian slang. Also: the Macquarie team explains how a new word gets in the dictionary and we hang out with a local Harley Davidson chapter.

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  • #2 Sweet nothings

    Nov 09, 2016 | 0 Comments

    Warning: this episode contains naughty words, sexual references, and really terrible euphemisms

    This week on Word for Word, two strange bedfellows: love and politics. Sue Butler explains what makes the language of Australian politics so colourful, and a romance editor and author debate the value of euphemism.

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  • #1 Good blokes & great guys

    Nov 02, 2016 | 0 Comments

    Welcome to the very first episode of Word for Word, a podcast about words and language from Macquarie Dictionary. It's the dictionary's job to record every aspect of Australian English, warts and all, and to keep up with changes in the language. But sometimes change can land the dictionary in a world of controversy... Also: how do you tell the difference between a great guy and a good bloke?

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  • Introducing Word for Word

    Oct 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

    Introducing Word for Word podcast by Macquarie Dictionary

    A new podcast from Macquarie Dictionary

    Word for Word is a brand new podcast from Macquarie Dictionary. Throughout this series, we explore the surprising histories behind everyday words and phrases, go behind the scenes with the dictionary editors, and meet some of Australia's most interesting word-lovers, from Scrabble champions to hip-hop artists. 

    Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.

    Subscribe now on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, or your favourite podcast app to get the first episode delivered direct to your inbox in November.