Word for Word #4 Darn & blast

Nov 23, 2016

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.

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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Favourite words

Thanks to the Turramurra Dojo for their favourite words: antidisestablishmentarianism, knuckle, endeavour, unlucky

Additional links

Read more about the topics discussed in this episode:

A New and Comprehensive Vocabulary of the Flash Language

'Flash' language

Context can make a word taboo

Opinion piece on taboo language by Susan Butler for The Drum

Cate Blanchett has caused a stir

C**ntstruck: the night Four Corners introduced a new word into our lives

The vulgar pinnacle of a bizarre Four Corners with Kathy Jackson and Michael Lawler

A transcript of Sue Butler's Sunrise appearance covered by Mediawatch


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 Alex Lloyd and to the fine folks at the Turramurra Dojo

Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If. All sound effects are public domain or via Soundsnap, Pond5, and Stockmusic.com with the exception of ship ambience (ref 91071), crowd with violin (ref 144139), horse on pavings (ref 38764), village ambience (ref 49809), quill (ref 180379), and crickets (ref 352514), all licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Sunrise clip used by the permission of Channel 7.

Our logo is by Amy Sherington.

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