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  • Jillaroos, the outback, and Australian slang

    Dec 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

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    Aussie Word of the Week
    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 jillaroo. You may be familiar with this word, or the male counterpart, jackaroo. Both are young people working on a sheep or c...


  • Ever been to Kickastickalong?

    Dec 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

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    Aussie Word of the Week
    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 Kickastickalong. Out the back of Bourke, there's a town past Woop Woop known as Kickastickalong. Also known as Oodnagalahbi, O...


  • Your favourite nine blogs from 2018

    Dec 06, 2018 | 0 Comments

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    It's a been a huge year for 2018 and it's only going to get bigger with our Word of the Year coming very soon. We've trawled through our posts, covering our podcast, Word for Word, our regular themes like new words to watch and beautiful words and all the other things we've talked about this year, a...


  • Words of the Year around the world for 2018

    Nov 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

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    Every year at Macquarie Dictionary HQ, 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 m...


  • Should these seven new words go in the dictionary?

    Nov 01, 2018 | 4 Comments

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    Every month, we review some of the new words as submitted by you for consideration in the Macquarie Dictionary. We are looking for interesting, Australia-specific usage, but we love all new, and sometimes old but relatively unknown words. This month, we had a plethora of submissions but we've picked...


  • Seven more beautiful words from our editors

    Oct 16, 2018 | 4 Comments

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    Recently, we put together a list of all the most beautiful words we could come up with, either because of the way they sound, the balance in their spelling or their lovely definitions (or a combination of many). We whittled the list down and shared them with you as an ode to the beauty of the Englis...


  • Bohemian Rhapsody: 10 phrases made famous by music

    Oct 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

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    We love a good phrase with an interesting etymology. Better yet when the phrase itself came about through the medium of music. We look at our favourite phrases brought to you by music icons. Read more...


  • Don't get caught telling furphies

    Dec 03, 2018 | 0 Comments

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    Aussie Word of the Week
    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 furphy. Have you ever been told a false story, or spread a rumour? Then you've been part of a furphy. This is a fantastic word...


  • Should packing party, himpathy and solopreneur go in the dictionary?

    Sep 26, 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...


  • Plants that can transform: have you tried jackfruit, Irish moss or seitan?

    Sep 18, 2018 | 2 Comments

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    With the rise of faux meat and vegan substitutes, we look at the plants behind these creations, find out more about their origins and what food they can be transformed into.

    Have you ever tried pulled jackfruit? Have you ever used aquafaba in baking? Do you sprinkle nutritional yeast on your food?

    Read more...


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

    Sep 11, 2018 | 4 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 | 10 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...