Word for Word #16 Slang from Down Under
In Australia, we're working with a wild array of slang: classic phrases, new inventions, and slang so good that other countries want a piece of it. In this episode, lexicographer James Lambert explains the appeal of informal language; Kate tries to blend in at the skate park (gnarly, dude!); and Sue Butler decodes a song we all know, but perhaps have never entirely understood.
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 or your favourite podcast app to get each episode delivered direct to your device.
On the Macquarie Dictionary blog:
Word for Word is produced by Kate Sherington for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.
Thanks in this episode are due to James Lambert, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature at NIE, Singapore.
Many thanks also to Ed, Austin and Charlie.
All sound effects and clips are public domain, royalty-free, or used by permission, with the exception of: Dive splash from Kayyy via FreeSound; Billabong atmos from Kangaroo Vindaloo via FreeSound; Sheep effects from Sound Mary via FreeSound; Camera shutter from H Guiney via FreeSound; and Record scratch from Luffy via FreeSound.
Our logo is by Amy Sherington.
If you like Word for Word, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! It only takes a minute and it helps other people discover the show.