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  • No shirtfronting here!

    Nov 25, 2014 | 1 Comment


    Every now and then the editors of the dictionary are alerted to the existence of a word, or a different meaning of an existing word, which had previously escaped their notice, so all they can do is belatedly catch up with the language. This is not a case of the dictionary being shirtfronted. Read more...

  • Susan on ABC Local talking about her adventures in English

    Nov 24, 2014 | 0 Comments


    Susan Butler has the last word on our words

    Susan Butler discusses her adventures in English with Richard Aedy on Sunday Profile. Read more...

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  • Vape schmape!

    Nov 20, 2014 | 2 Comments


    I have been asked to comment on the Oxford Word of the Year which was announced yesterday. My first thought was – surely the year isn’t over yet. I haven’t started thinking about Christmas! The chosen word was ‘vape’.  Macquarie did vaping and e-cigarettes in the Word of the Year selection last year so that isn’t new. Read more...

  • Grace Du and Will Stamp are the 2014 Premier's Spelling Bee winners!

    Nov 06, 2014 | 0 Comments


    The State Finals of the 2014 Premier’s Spelling Bee Challenge were held yesterday at the ABC Centre in Ultimo.

    The Junior winner was Grace Du, 8, from Kieraville Public with the word rhetorical. The Senior winner was Will Stamp, 11, from Mona Vale Public School who won with the word phosphoresceRead more...