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  • Susan Butler on Studio Ten talking about the origins of Australian sayings

    Jan 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

    Susan Butler, the Editor of the Macquarie Dictionary joins Studio Ten to talk about where some of our most iconic Aussie sayings come from.

    Origins of Aussie Sayings | Studio Ten | 26 Jan 2016

  • Joe Hildebrand on the power of words

    Jan 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

    A Word of the Year 2015 blog post from guest contributor Joe Hildebrand

    'It’s only words, and words are all I have to take your heart away.'

    With this little lyric a big-haired, trouser-flared ensemble called the Bee Gees perhaps accidentally summed up the universal lament of the human race in a single line – albeit a deeply ungrammatical one. Read more...

  • Word of the Year in the news

    Jan 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

    A collection of some media coverage of Word of the Year 2015. Read more...

  • The Committee's Choice for Word of the Year 2015 goes to...

    Jan 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

    The Committee's Choice for Word of the Year 2015 goes to...captain's call.  

    Honourable mentions to go lumbersexual and deso.



  • Words we hate

    Jan 11, 2016 | 14 Comments

    I know it is the time when we celebrate the new words in the English language, but it is also the time, as my friends at 2UE reminded me, when people like to consider the words they most hated in the previous year. Read more...

  • Environment images in the dictionary

    Jan 07, 2016 | 1 Comment

    Photos taken as part of the OzPic project will be added to the online dictionary

    Last year, Macquarie Dictionary and ABC Local Radio launched OzPic: Picturing the Australian Environment, a joint project which aimed to uncover some of the words we use to describe the Australian environment and to supplement the definition given in the dictionary with a photograph. Read more...

  • Susan Butler on The Booktopia Podcast

    Jan 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

    Susan Butler and Andrew talk about collecting new words like ‘amazeballs’, the role of the dictionary in today’s world, and whether ‘agreeance’ is actually a word. Sue also mentions some new words that will be in Word of the Year 2015.

    Sue Butler - Editor of the Macquarie Dictionary | Andrew Cattanach | The Booktopia Podcast 

  • Most searched words in 2015

    Jan 06, 2016 | 0 Comments

    The top 10 most commonly searched words in the online dictionary for 2015 are chuffed, wellbeing, practice, practise, firsthand, licence, healthcare, onboard, longstanding, and frontline. Want some help remembering what's what for the common confusables? Here's some handy help from the blog: The dif ...