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  • #21 For the love of words

    Mar 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

    Surprise! We're back with another bonus episode, featuring some funny, fascinating, unaired tidbits from Season 2.
     
    Also, you can vote for us in the Australian Podcast Awards! Voting closes 1st April, so head to this link posthaste: bit.ly/2pPuGI3
     
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  • #20 Take a bow, Sue Butler

    Mar 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

    So...we have news. It's officially the end of an era. Our long-time Editor Sue Butler is putting away her pencil and catalogue cards to retire, after 48 years at Macquarie Dictionary.
     
    Join us as we look back with Sue at her incredible career in words.
     
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  • #19 Word of the Year 2017

    Jan 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

    It's that time! Take a peek behind the scenes with us as Macquarie Dictionary chooses its 2017 Word of the Year. 
     
    We sidle into the secret Word of the Year committee meeting, featuring guest judges Dr Karl and Tiger Webb of ABC Language. The editors lament the worst evergreen query - "But It's Two Words!" - and throw a tiny bit of shade at other dictionaries' picks (youthquake, anyone?). And finally, Adrik overcomes an obstacle.
     
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  • #17 Good doggo

    Oct 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Buckle up for a wild ride down the Information Superhighway, and into Cyberspace, where language moves faster than we can catch it. While the dictionary team reflects on the technology words of the past, our resident internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch fights the good fight on hyphenated email; Adrik and Kate look for favourite words at Oz ComicCon; and we discover a brand new language online, all for the love of dogs (it's h*ckin good).

    This is the final episode of Season 2, but stay subscribed! There are more bonus episodes to come in the weeks ahead.

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  • #16 Chunder from Down Under

    Oct 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

    In Australia, we're working with a wild array of slang: classic phrases, new inventions, and slang so good that other countries want a piece of it. In this episode, lexicographer James Lambert explains the appeal of informal language; Kate tries to blend in at the skate park (gnarly, dude!); and Sue Butler decodes a song we all know, but perhaps have never entirely understood.

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  • #15 The A-B-Cs

    Oct 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Sometimes English spelling seems designed to bamboozle. How did we end up with all these inconsistencies, quirky flourishes, and spellings that bear no resemblance to pronunciation? In search of an answer, the editors dig into the history of English spelling - including attempts to reform it - and hint at the secret work they do for spelling bees today. Plus, we check in with the adorable contestants of the Great Australian Spelling Bee TV series, two years on; and Adrik Kemp collects favourite words from the Sydney Story Factory.

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  • #14 Spin & speechify

    Oct 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

    In politics, we can always point to the slipperiness of language. In this episode, the dictionary editors remember iconic Australian political slogans, and consider new words like "fake news" and "antifa"; we're on the hunt for favourite words at the Antidote Festival; and John di Domenico, the world's no. 1 Donald Trump impersonator, takes us inside the language of the 45th American president.

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  • #13 Foreign correspondence

    Sep 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Every language plays by its own rules. So how do you faithfully represent the stories of one language in another? Novelist Hannah Kent remembers how it felt to see her bestselling book Burial Rites translated into 29 languages; literary translator Meredith McKinney inducts us in the secrets of her profession; and Sue Butler explains the allure of untranslatable words.

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  • #12 Their well-acquainted friend

    Sep 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

    When it comes to the language we use around gender, change is happening fast. But some of that new language isn't so new after all. Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch takes us deep into the history of pronouns in English, and the long and useful life of singular they; the editors look to Sweden, with an eye on The Watch List; and Norrie explains how one little word took them all the way to the High Court of Australia. 

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  • #11 The rain in Spain

    Sep 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Winston Churchill called the Australian accent "the most brutal maltreatment that has ever been inflicted" on the English language. But when Strine first emerged, it was praised as an unusually pure variety. Linguist Felicity Cox traces the history of our accent from the Sydney colony to the present day - when it's still changing.
     
    Plus: pronunciation can be a source of personal anxiety and public controversy. The dictionary editors muse on the Americanisation of Australian English, the rise of "haitch", and the oral gymnastics of "ophthalmologist".
     
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  • #10 What's in a name?

    Sep 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Or would it? In this episode, we dive headfirst into the history of naming. Tiger Webb from ABC Language helps us get to grips with given name trends, surname extinction and Australian place naming; the Macquarie Dictionary editors peel back the secret stories behind everyday eponyms; and Kate is hard at work cuddling babies.
     
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  • Word for Word: Season 2

    Aug 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Word for Word: Season 2 podcast trailer by Macquarie Dictionary

    Season 2 of the Word for Word podcast is coming soon!

    We're back! Season 2 launches 6th September with new weekly episodes, featuring more secret word histories, more fascinating guests, and more behind-the-scenes revelations from Macquarie Dictionary. Listen for a preview of what's in store this season. 

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