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  • Why are there spelling variations in Indigenous words?

    Feb 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    In Newtown, Sydney, there is a sign near the train station that reads ‘the land of the Cadigal people of the Eora nation’. In Stanmore, Sydney, about 2km away, there is a sign that proclaims ‘the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation’. This is the same Indigenous group, so why are there diff...


  • Parma, parmi or parmo. Which one is correct?

    Feb 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    Some of the biggest debates in our fair nation revolve around different ways we refer to classic foods. Take, for example, the humble sausage sandwich, or sausage in bread, or sausage sizzle... To really rile a person up, you could refer to a potato cake as a potato scallop, or a potato fritter even...


  • Stop yabbering will ya?

    Feb 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    You'd be forgiven for mishearing this and thinking the conversation was going to be about another Aussie classic, the yabby, but however similar this word is, it has a very different meaning. To yabber is to talk or chat; to chatter or rabbit on. It is Aussie slang thought to have originated in the ...


  • Our Chief Editor on the influence of other Englishes on Australian English

    Feb 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    Recently, The Daily Telegraph published an article discussing the rise in Aussie kids picking up US slang and pronunciations from games and streaming services. Among other examples, it pointed out: More kids are choosing to say zee instead of zed for the last letter of the alphabet, pronounce offen...


  • Ever leave a party without saying hooroo?

    Feb 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    Hooroo as a farewell has been in use in Australia since at least 1916. It comes from the term hooray which was recorded in the Bulletin way back in 1898. It has been used on Australian TV in the past as a sign off from big shows including those of Molly Meldrum. Read some more tidbits on this at our...


  • A new collection of six more beautiful words from the Macquarie Dictionary editors

    Feb 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    Beautiful words are in the eye of the beholder. We've taken some suggestions and put together a few more words that we think evoke a sense of loveliness either in the way they sound or the way they look, and sometimes in the definition. You can read our first list of beautiful words here, and our fo...


  • Things are crook in Tallarook, and Muswellbrook, and Coolongolook...

    Feb 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    Things have been crook in Tallarook since at least the 1960s in Australia. It comes from Tallarook, a town in central northern Victoria; one of a number of humorous rhyming expressions based on placenames dating from the early 1930s and widespread among soldiers during World War II. Other examples o...


  • Don't get lost in the mallee

    Jan 28, 2019 | 2 Comments

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    Each week, we have a look at a slang word from Australian English. You can see other Aussie Word of the Week posts from the Macquarie Dictionary here. This week, our word is mallee. Technically, there are a number of meanings for mallee, including any of various Australian species of Eucalyptus or a...


  • The Sydney Language (Dharug & Eora)

    Jan 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    The Sydney Language is the name given to the Australian Aboriginal language that was spoken in the greater Sydney area, comprising Dharug and Eora. The names Dharug and Eora were given by linguists to refer to the inland and coastal dialects of the language. Read more...


  • The People's Choice Word of the Year 2018 is...

    Jan 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    After a week of voting and talking about our Committee's Choice Word of the Year 2018, Me Too, you have chosen a winner for our People's Choice. It was a tough call, but word you have chosen to best represent 2018 is... single-use   The votes this year were incredibly close, much closer than in pre...


  • Being ropeable is an Australian tradition

    Jan 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    Each week, we have a look at a slang word from Australian English. You can see other Aussie Word of the Week posts from the Macquarie Dictionary here. This week, our word is ropeable. I'm sure we've all heard this one before. It is a piece of classic Aussie slang from the 1870s that is still going s...


  • The Committee's Choice Word of the Year 2018 is...

    Jan 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    Every year at Macquarie Dictionary, we gather a few key people together to review all the new words from the previous 12 months, longlist them, narrow them down even further and decide on a single word that represents the year gone by, also known as our Word of the Year. For 2017, that word was milk...