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Happy Passive Voice Day

It was decreed, by somebody, that April 27 shall be celebrated by all as Passive Voice Day. The passive voice is always encouraged by us at Fully (sic), especially when clarity is increased. Passive Voice Day is a day when people of all walks of life are asked to embrace the passive, and to ensure [...]

Randling: Not just a game for nerds

ABC tells us the game show just got funner-er. But will anyone apart from word nerds watch 'Randling', a game simply about words? Review by Aidan Wilson.

Would the Bard in any other tongue sound as sweet?

Aidan Wilson writes… For this year’s London Festival and the Shakespeare Festival, the Globe Theatre is putting on 37 plays in 37 languages, an event they’re calling Globe to Globe. This sort of thing really makes a language nerd like myself wish I was in London. Instead, I have to make do perusing the festival’s [...]

The importance of supporting endangered languages

Yesterday on Radio Australia, Phil Kafcaloudes interviewed linguists Vaso Elefsiniotis, Simon Musgrave, and Ghil’ad Zuckerman about Australia’s endangered languages. Phil asks some tough but good questions, revolving around a central...Show More Summary

Hopefully – Not the end of the world

The Associated Press have conceded that 'hopefully' as a sentence adverb ('it is to be hoped that') is legitimate usage. But will it bring about the cataclysmic destruction of the civilised world as prophesied? Aidan Wilson thinks n...


Fairfax media’s reply to a heavily-critical Murdoch tweet includes a useful new word: “tweetorialise”: “Proof you can’t trust anything in Australian Fairfax papers, unless you are just another crazy,” he tweetorialised this morning. Although the word may have been used before just now, this is, according to Google, the first time it has occurred in [...]

Australian English revealed: introducing the AusNC

Simon Musgrave writes: What is a corpus and why should we have one? It sounds like the way a low-life character in Dickens might refer to a dead body. (The word does not occur in Dickens in that sense, but his contemporaries did use it in that way –see  OED.)  But in recent usage (at [...]

Fry’s Planet Word: A blind review

Stephen Fry's newest documentary series has agitated some linguists and attracted harsh reviews, but does that mean we shouldn't still watch and enjoy it? Aidan Wilson doesn't think so.

A flood of interesting place names

The recent flooding around southern NSW and northern Victoria has brought a few of Australia's more interesting place names into the news. Some of them are interesting just for being a bit longer than the normal place name, such as Tallygaroopna. Show More Summary

Mom’s the word on localising cartoons

The comic strip Zits gets edited by local papers for Australian spelling for words like 'mum'. But shouldn't a creative work be represented how the author intended it? Are they trying to pretend Zits is an Australian cartoon? Aidan Wilson considers the issue.

Happy International Mother Language Day!

... spare a thought for the other languages spoken in Australia. And there are dozens and dozens and dozens of them. If you speak something other than English, today, more than any other day, use it. Or you could try finding out what languages your office mates speak...

Down with detailed programmatic specificity

In case anyone missed it, here’s the HappyLittleVegemiteKR clip that’s been doing the rounds: It seems the Courier Mail was the first to get hold of the story and described it hilariously as a “tax-payer funded video”. (Yeah, Kev, if you want to swear at the camera do it on your own dime.) There’s nothing [...]

‘Burqini’ Word of the Year? Frack that!

Aidan Wilson writes… I am a big fan of the Macquarie dictionary. I am especially grateful to it because recently, it backed me up by listing ‘youse’ as a legitimate word in Australian English and thus defended my scrabble play (although I almost lost friends as a result). But in February each year for the [...]

Why Muriel Heslop is not as dumb as the Australian Financial Review

Greg Dickson writes: Crikey recently reported on the Australian Financial Review who recently reported on Indigenous employment. Crikey’s article didn’t focus on the topic, but rather the headline that the Fin Review put on their front page, wondering if it smacks of racism: Plenty of us baulked at the use of “blacks” in this headline. [...]

Senior Aussie of the Year

Often when you open the newspaper the news is full of doom and gloom, but today there was a story that put a permanent smile on my face. Laurie Baymarrwa?a has been given the Senior Australian of the Year award. Baymarrwa?a is the senior custodian of the Crocodile Islands, off Arnhem Land in Australia’s Northern Territory. [...]

When will Teresa Gambaro assimilate?

Piers Kelly scrìvi: Ridiculing Teresa Gambaro is no fun at all. Her advice to immigrants, first on hygiene and last week on how to avoid racist slurs by learning English, are so elegantly moronic as stand on their own comic merit. It’s as if Gambaro is a kind of dead-pan performance artist, with some pundits doing [...]

‘A more exacting censorship’

James McElvenny writes… We’re not the ones to blame for the moral decline that characterises our times, where the pre-show program for kids’ TV stars a cussin’ Communications Minister, no less. It’s our grandparents and great grandparents who are at fault. If only they’d listened to the advice of Mr S H Smith, Director of [...]

Swearing on TV? F#@%ing fantastic!

Senator Conroy's gaff on live TV made sure he copped a berating, but will there ever be a time when we can drop the F-bomb in public? Aidan Wilson

Too monolingual for our own good

Aidan Wilson writes… Every so often, the lack of language education in Australian high schools becomes a topic of acute but peripheral political debate, before quickly submerging again. At the moment we’re right in the middle of a trough of that cycle, but a couple of weeks ago, Julie Bishop announced her person ambition to [...]

The Talkley Award – a word nerd’s night of nights

Piers Kelly writes: Earlier this month the inaugural Talkley Award was presented to celebrity linguist Kate Burridge at a small ceremony in Canberra. The award acknowledges the contributions of Australian linguists who promote language awareness in the public arena. As well as her appearances on ABC radio and television, Burridge was recognised for her part [...]

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