Word for Word #16 Slang from Down Under

Oct 17, 2017

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.

Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.

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Additional links

On the Macquarie Dictionary blog:

A wongi about Australian Word Map

Migrants and Aussie Slang

The Aussie battler

More shirtfronting!

English words of Indigenous origin for NAIDOC Week 2016

Pluralising 'you' to 'youse'



Word for Word is produced by Kate Sherington for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.

Thanks in this episode are due to James Lambert, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature at NIE, Singapore.

Many thanks also to Ed, Austin and Charlie.

Thanks also to Josh Hawkins for permission to use audio from "How to Speak Australian". Find him @hijosh on YoutubeFacebook and Twitter.

All sound effects and clips are public domain, royalty-free, or used by permission, with the exception of: Dive splash from Kayyy via FreeSound; Billabong atmos from Kangaroo Vindaloo via FreeSound; Sheep effects from Sound Mary via FreeSound; Camera shutter from H Guiney via FreeSound; and Record scratch from Luffy via FreeSound.

Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If.

Our logo is by Amy Sherington.

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