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  • 702's Dom Knight and Susan Butler from Macquarie Dictionary talk 2013 language trends

    Dec 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

    ABC 702's Dominic Knight and the Macquarie Dictionary’s Susan Butler talk to Kelly Fuller about our lexicon over the last 12 months.

    702's Dom Knight and Susan Butler from Macquarie Dictionary talk 2013 language trends | ABC NSW | 18 Dec 2013

  • What does 'bogan' mean in 2013?

    Dec 05, 2013 | 0 Comments


    Clive Palmer isn't afraid to embrace his inner bogan, so why should we be? Read more...

  • Catchphrases and memes

    Dec 02, 2013 | 0 Comments


    Catchphrases and internet memes have much in common – you can never tell when one of them is going to take off. Read more...

  • What does a vexillographer do?

    Nov 29, 2013 | 0 Comments


    Macquarie in the news

    Northbridge vexillographer John Vaughan has had his profession officially added to the Macquarie Dictionary. 'Vexillographer' and 'vexillography' will be included in this year's online annual update and appear in the next print edition. Read more...

    After 40 years, John Vaughan has successfully had vexillographer listed in the dictionary | Lauren Murada | The Daily Telegraph 

  • Ad Standards finds Bonds ‘Boobs’ A-OK, with the Macquarie Dictionary boosting the case

    Nov 19, 2013 | 0 Comments


    Macquarie in the news

    Bonds has been cleared by the Advertising Standards Bureau for its infamous ‘Boobs’ advertisement, which roused at least 15 complaints after it launched in October this year.

    The advertisement, which replaced the well-known Bonds logo with the word ‘Boobs’ and featured images of women in bras and underwear, caused controversy for its use of the word. Read more...

  • Are you a phubber?

    Oct 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

    When McCann approached us with their idea of creating a word for the activity of ignoring other people in favour of digital devices we welcomed the opportunity to take part in the process of coining a word which they would then launch on to the world. Read more...

  • Spelling matters: programme or program?

    Oct 03, 2013 | 2 Comments

    The Editor gives her view

    The Editor traces the history of this term and gives her thoughts on the recent controversy. Read more...

  • Typos

    Oct 01, 2013 | 0 Comments

    The bane of every writer’s life!  The problem is that we see what we are expecting to see, not what is actually there, particularly if we are caught up in the writing process and most of our brain is preoccupied with the meaning of what we are writing. Read more...

  • Macquarie Dictionary Sixth Edition

    Oct 01, 2013 | 0 Comments


    The new Sixth Edition is here!

    Since the Macquarie Dictionary was first published in 1981, its reputation as Australia’s national dictionary has gone from strength to strength. It is now nationally and internationally regarded as the standard reference on Australian English. A comprehensive and up-to-date account of our variety of English, it not only includes all those words and senses peculiar to Australian English, but also those common to the whole English-speaking world. Read more...

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  • Macquarie App Updates

    Sep 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


    Updates to our IOS & Android apps now available

    We are very excited to announce that updates for our range of Fifth Edition apps for iOS are now available in the iTunes App Store! They have been completely redesigned and updated with heaps of new featuresOur Student app for iOS has also been updated, and now includes audio pronunciations and images for thousands of entries. Read more...

  • Pluralising 'you' to 'youse'

    Aug 30, 2013 | 0 Comments


    Every now and then this despised pronoun pops up for re-examination. It is a hand-me-down from Irish English into both Australian and American English. Read more...



  • SA’s newest word accepted by Macquarie Dictionary

    Aug 14, 2013 | 0 Comments


    Macquarie in the news

    After a two week search for SA’s new favourite word, ‘onesie’ has been crowned winner and been accepted by Macquarie Dictionary.

    The word, chosen by voters in an Advertiser poll as part of Word Adelaide festival, refers to an ‘all-in-one’ outfit and has made it into everyday language. Read more...