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  • Mmm…doughnuts (or is it ‘donuts’?)

    Sep 11, 2018 | 3 Comments

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    Here at the dictionary, we are big fans of doughnuts (and who isn’t?). I think most doughnut lovers can agree that sweet, fluffy dough, which is fried and then glazed, topped or filled, is quite delicious in whatever form it takes. But there seems to be a running debate as to which of the dough styl...


  • Should logical family, dibling and food forest go in the dictionary?

    Sep 03, 2018 | 6 Comments

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    We're ready to look at some more new words as submitted by you, our readers and fellow word connoisseurs.

    We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary, so please let us know if you know of one. Read more...


  • The effect of popular culture on language

    Aug 07, 2018 | 4 Comments

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    Recently, we sent the call out for ‘weird and woolly’ questions from readers – wordy things you’ve been wondering about. And we have received some interesting ones, with topics ranging from the mind-boggling inconsistency of English spelling and pronunciation to the placement of apostrophes. Read more...


  • Should detourism, factflip and CODA go in the dictionary?

    Jul 31, 2018 | 3 Comments

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    We're ready to look at some more new words as submitted by you, our readers and fellow word connoisseurs.

    We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary, so please let us know if you know of one. Read more...


  • The Jupiter discovery: satellite vs. moon

    Jul 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

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    We’ve just been told that twelve new moons have been discovered in Jupiter’s orbit, bringing its total to 79. We set about updating the definition in the Macquarie, a fairly straightforward procedure, you would think...

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  • Do you know these 'mad as' phrases?

    Jul 17, 2018 | 2 Comments

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    Do you know any of these infamous 'mad as' idiomatic phrases? We often use these colourful turns of phrase to brighten up our language and give more emphasis to what (or usually who) we're talking about. Read more...


  • We're not here to f*ck spiders (NSFW)

    Jul 11, 2018 | 3 Comments

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    We discuss Australian sarcasm at its bluntest by looking at one of the most outrageous Aussie colloquialisms.

    Did you hear the phrase that Aussie actress Margot Robbie used on the Graham Norton Show recently that turned heads? Read more...


  • Should Zucked, Chinese room and cinematic universe go in the dictionary?

    Jul 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

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    We're ready to look at some more new words as submitted by you, our readers and fellow word connoisseurs.

    We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary, so please let us know if you know of one. Read more...


  • FIFA World Cup - do you know these soccer terms?

    Jun 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

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    The 2018 FIFA World Cup is here, so we’re taking a look at some soccer terms to help you better understand the game. First off, is it soccer or football? Well either really are fine. In Australia, football (or ‘footy’) can refer to a number of sports including Australian Rules Football (AFL), Rugby ...


  • Should plogging, brookie and thunderclap headache go in the dictionary?

    Jun 01, 2018 | 1 Comment

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    We're ready to look at some more new words as submitted by you, our readers and fellow word connoisseurs.

    We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary, so please let us know if you know of one. Read more...


  • Well-travelled words: 10 words from around the world

    May 31, 2018 | 2 Comments

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    The Macquarie Dictionary collects all manner of Aussie colloquialisms, mannerisms, slang, and more.

    Yet there will always be an inevitable influence on our language from outside our island home. We've collected 10 words that have travelled from afar and landed on our shores from different languages all over the world.


  • A miscellanea of beautiful terms

    May 30, 2018 | 11 Comments

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    We've put our heads together and come up with this very short list of terms that evoke beauty either in the sound of their utterance or in the poetry of their definition. Collecting these words was a great joy, and one we would love to share with you. Read more...