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  • Classic Aussie pick-up line; "You'll do"

    Apr 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    Aussie Word of the Week
    You'll do is an Australian exclamation of strong approval, affirmation, etc. Below is an example of this from author Ray Harris. `He'll do, Mat,' he said softly. `You'd think he'd been driving steam engines for twenty years.' –RAY HARRIS, 1954. Of course, more generally it is known as a great Auss...


  • Westie is a badge of honour to some and for others a stamp of shame

    Apr 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    Aussie Word of the Week
    Westie is a word steeped in history, cultural cringe and controversy. Our official definition reads as: a person, generally from an outer suburb of a city or town and from a lower socio-economic background, viewed as uncultured However, earlier iterations and those in slang dictionaries have been ...


  • Has it been a shocker?

    Apr 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    Aussie Word of the Week
    There are a number of colloquial definitions for shocker in the Macquarie Dictionary. Of course, we are referring to something dreadfully bad. Here in Australia, it is commonly used in sport for a bad game. Either one that has been watched or one competed in. As in, had a shocker last Saturday. This...


  • Should these seven new words go in the dictionary?

    Apr 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

    Image stating: Words to Watch May. Should these words go in the Macquarie Dictionary?

    Once a month, we pick out a few words submitted by you for consideration in the Macquarie Dictionary. We're looking for anything new, quirky, out of left field, Australian-specific or completely unknown and obscure. Nothing is off the table! For the month of May, we have had a significant amount of ...


  • What's your favourite word?

    Apr 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    One of the most difficult questions to answer, particularly when working for the Macquarie Dictionary, is "What is your favourite word?". The answer can change depending on your mood, on the time of day, on the event or upcoming events, on any little thing, but there are usually one or two 'go-to' w...


  • Pass the dooverlackie would you love?

    Apr 01, 2019 | 2 Comments

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    Aussie Word of the Week
    We have all had a parent refer to a doodad, thingummyjig, do-hickey or dooverlackie. But the most common replacement word for thing in the Australian vernacular, is doover. We have spoken about these types of words before in our blog on thingummyjig. The word is thought to have its origins in Britis...


  • Fair dinkum true blue Aussie, mate

    Mar 25, 2019 | 2 Comments

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    Aussie Word of the Week
    Dinkum appears earliest in the phrase fair dinkum (1890 in Australia, but 1881 in Britain), and not as a separate word until 1905. It originates in the British dialects of Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, where it meant 'work', or 'a due share of work'. So if you did your fair dinkum, it meant you did y...


  • "Go on mate, have a go."

    Mar 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    Aussie Word of the Week
    There are a lot of different meanings for the word go. At the moment of writing, there are 127 in the Macquarie Dictionary Online alone! But this week's featured word is focused on the sense meaning 'an attempt'. As in, "I'll give anything a go." This is a word used ubiquitously and unthinkingly by ...


  • Go to woe, card sharks and other eggcorns

    Mar 13, 2019 | 2 Comments

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    We have spent some time previously discussing malapropisms and mondegreens, but we thought this particular treasure of the English language deserved its own piece. It's one of those things that you would be familiar with but may not be aware has a name. When a word or phrase is created by replacing ...


  • Do you spell it nark or narc?

    Mar 11, 2019 | 2 Comments

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    Aussie Word of the Week
    Here in Australia (and in most of the English-speaking world), there are two separate meanings for narc and nark. The former is an abbreviation of narcotics officer. And the latter meaning a police informer. While it is interesting that they both involve law enforcement, there is not necessarily a c...


  • Should these seven new words go in the dictionary?

    Mar 06, 2019 | 4 Comments

    Image stating: Words to Watch April. Should these words go in the Macquarie Dictionary?

    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...


  • Are you a piker?

    Mar 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

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    Aussie Word of the Week
    To pike is a colloquialism unique to Australia, meaning to 'go quickly'. And a piker is the type of person who would opt out of an arrangement or challenge or not do their fair share. Often, at the last moment. There is a particular stigma associated with pikers, from people who are stood up at enga...