Word for Word #14 Spin & speechify: Political language
Oct 03, 2017
In politics, we can always point to the slipperiness of language. In this episode, the dictionary editors remember iconic Australian political slogans, and consider new words like "fake news" and "antifa"; we're on the hunt for favourite words at the Antidote Festival; and John di Domenico, the world's no. 1 Donald Trump impersonator, takes us inside the language of the 45th American president.
Thanks to the attendees of the Sydney Opera House's Antidote festival for their favourite words: maybe, ululate, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, symbiosis, raspberry, schmetterling, facetious, capricious
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Word for Word is produced by Kate Sherington for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.
Many thanks to John di Domenico. Read more about John at www.johnnyd.net and follow him @johnnyd23.
Thanks also to the Sydney Opera House and the Antidote Festival.
Clips from parliament courtesy of the Australian Parliamentary Library.
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