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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 [...]

The grammar of LOLcats

Aidan Wilson writes… In Canberra last weekend the Australian Linguistics Society held their annual conference. Ordinarily, we at Fully (sic) wouldn’t write about such esoteric events as, well to be brutally honest, not much of it appeals to anyone outside the academic world, or even outside the discipline. But this time around there was at [...]

Translating ancient manuscripts via crowdsourcing

Piers Kelly writes: Since the 1990s, scientists have recruited idle home computers to help with data analysis. I remember that our family’s clunky old PC used to run a screensaver that used its spare computing power to analyse the structure of cancer molecules and send the results back to a distant lab. We felt pretty [...]

Obama tries the local lingo

Lauren Gawne writes… Last week the local media were kept suitably busy by the brief visit of the U.S. President Barak Obama. We were kept up to date with his every move, and the bemusing hashtag blend #aubama spent a bit of time loitering in the list of trending Twitter topics. The trip was mostly [...]

Aboriginal language on Broadway

William Steed writes: It’s only a small thing, but I’m a fan of both Australian indigenous languages and musicals (and, thanks to X-Men, of Hugh Jackman as well). All three show up together in Jackman’s one-man show on Broadway, says ABC Online. Olive Knight sings in the show, Back on Broadway, and taught Jackman to [...]

Is ‘Buckley’s chance’ un-Australian?

Bruce Moore writes: The latest edition of NZWords prints some research from Stephen Goranson of Duke University, North Carolina, who points out that many of the early references to Buckley’s chance (or Buckley’s show or Buckley’s hope or Buckley’s choice) appear in New Zealand newspapers. Goranson had access to the Australian evidence via the Australian National Dictionary, [...]

A reply from Dean Frenkel

Dean Frenkel writes: Aidan Wilson has launched an appalling personal attack on me in Crikey. His lamentable burst of anger was mostly based on an interview Phillip Adams conducted with me on Radio National. It has necessitated a response that regrettably is somewhat personal in return.

Beware of scientists bearing fraud

James McElvenny writes… The title of this post is probably a bit misleading. This is not an anti-science rant as such. My title is simply intended to evoke Beware of frauds bearing science, a recent post from Aidan Wilson here on this blog that could considered an example of the ‘Respect mah authoritah!’ genre of [...]

Beware of frauds bearing science

Dean Frenkel has been spruiking a new book in which he claims to have all the answers about the evolution of language. Does he? Aidan Wilson investigates.

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