Word for Word #2 Sweet nothings: Love & politics

Nov 09, 2016

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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Favourite words

Thanks to the St George Studio Potters Group for their favourite words: peculiar, calypso, pogonip, shemozzle, shit

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Word for Word is produced by Kate Sherington for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.

Thanks are due to Sue Butler, Victoria Morgan, Melissa Kemble, Adrik Kemp and the whole team at Macquarie. Thanks also to Haylee Nash, Shannon Curtis, and the St George Studio Potters Group.

Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist: The Gold LiningIf. Find more music by Broke for Free. All sound effects are public domain or via Soundsnap, with the exception of the applause sound effect (ref 31650), iron working sounds (ref 262156), typewriter effect (ref 47045), and swing and miss sound effect (ref 160756) licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

Rorting and Dorothy Dixer clips used by permission of the Australian Parliamentary Library. Malcolm Turnbull Q&A clip used by permission of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Our logo is by Amy Sherington.

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