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Ballot papers by the balls

Ballot papers by the balls

Piers KellyApr 24, 2014

The strange rites that go on behind closed doors at the AEC.

What's in a name? For the Timorese, quite a lot

What's in a name? For the Timorese, quite a lot

Piers KellyDec 6, 20139 Comments

How to refer to our young neighbour to the north? Is it East Timor, Timor Lorosa'e or Timor-Leste? Gordon Peake and Piers Kelly investigate.

Word of the year?

Word of the year?

Piers KellyNov 16, 20131 Comment

It's been a helluva year so far. Three prime ministers, devastating bushfires, Clive Palmer. The Australian National Dictionary Centre wants

Jessica Mitford and a star-spangled language

Jessica Mitford and a star-spangled language

Piers KellyAug 30, 2013

In 1939, writer and activist Jessica Mitford learned that in America, "if someone pays you a compliment—you're looking well, what a pretty dress, and so forth—you are supposed to say 'Thank you,' instead of just mumbling inaudibly." Piers Kelly observes that in 70 years, certain differences between U.S. and British styles of communication have stood the test of time.

Magic pudding economics

Magic pudding economics

Piers KellyMay 15, 2013

The Magic Pudding metaphor has become a mainstay of economic discourse in Australia. The idea of an ever-replenishing resource is too tempting a motif to pass up. But how recent is it? Piers Kelly looks back through the annals of Australian political discourse to find its earliest use, and finds some surprising sub-plots.

Commenting or commentating on the polls

Commenting or commentating on the polls

Piers KellyFeb 18, 2013

The prime minister doesn't 'commentate' on opinions polls. Or should that be 'comment'? Piers Kelly investigates the history of these distinct meanings.

Improvising in Spanish

Improvising in Spanish

Piers KellySep 3, 2012

 

Lingua Franca

Piers KellyAug 24, 20122 Comments

Piers Kelly writes: I'm on Lingua Franca this Saturday talking about Fully (sic) and why it

Down with detailed programmatic specificity

Piers KellyFeb 19, 20124 Comments

In case anyone missed it, here's the HappyLittleVegemiteKR clip that's been doing the rounds: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOUFKZBpFTY[/youtube] It seems the Courie

When will Teresa Gambaro assimilate?

When will Teresa Gambaro assimilate?

Piers KellyJan 23, 201215 Comments

Sicilians have always been Italy’s favourite outcasts. Feudal, conservative and impoverished, northerners complain about ‘paying the rent’ for a province that doesn’t pull i