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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 [...]
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. [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
Ingrid Piller writes: Recently, I watched a TV documentary about the proliferation of Nomura jellyfish in Japanese coastal waters. It was a shocking tale of the devastating environmental, economic, social and human impact of overfishing, global warming and marine pollution. The reason I’m blogging about the show as a sociolinguist, though, has nothing to do with [...]
Yesterday a reader wrote: I was just too intrigued by the claim in Rundle’s recent column that “Zhongguo renmin zhan qilai le” could mean “anything from “the Chinese people are infected by skin disease” to “the Chinese people moisten a female horse” — could you get your resident Chinese speaker to type those alternate versions [...]
Canberra this morning was a little smoky, with a chemical fire in the northern suburb of Mitchell. Emergency Services sent out emergency messages to a number of suburbs, urging people to stay indoors to avoid toxic smoke. A couple of...Show More Summary
Lauren Gawne unpacks the criticism of Julia Gillard's use of language and finds that it's all just hot air.