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ALLIE SEVERIN | January 25, 2016 | WORDS | 4 |

From ‘Captain’s call’ to ‘refugiado’: WOTY 2015

It’s that time of year again. Linguists and wordsmiths the world over have come together to decree which word(s) should be given the top honour and crowned ‘Word of the Year 2015’. Not everybody decides on the same one though, so here at Fully Sic we’ve collated a list for all your word-loving needs.

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FULLY (SIC) | December 21, 2015 | AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH | 9 |

So where did the Aussie accent really come from?

There are many folktales and controversies about the origins of Australian speech. But what does history really tell us about the Aussie accent’s development? Have people’s views of it changed? And where is it headed? Richard Ingold takes us through the basics of Australian English.

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FULLY (SIC) | December 14, 2015 | AUSTRALIAN ENGLISH | 2 |

From milk bars and potato cakes to delis and fritters: a taste of Australian English regionalisms

In Australia, we sometimes have multiple words for the same thing. Sydney Kingstone reports on her current research into who says what where.

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ELISABETH GRIFFITHS | November 20, 2015 | REVIEWS | |

Review: ‘Comma Sutra’

Been missing the cunning, linguistic comedy in your life? Elisabeth Griffiths reviews a local offering that will hit the spot.

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FULLY (SIC) | November 13, 2015 | RESEARCH | 1 |

Does big data equal big problems?

Researchers are making use of ‘big data’ more and more these days. Technology makes it so easy! But can it go wrong? Fear not! Andreea Calude is here to give us a heads up on its potential pitfalls.

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FULLY (SIC) | October 29, 2015 | MEDIA | 9 |

When media gets drunk on absurdity and tries to tell us we’re the ones who sound drunk

Recent claims about Australian English turn out to be unsupported and extremely questionable according to a range of national experts we surveyed. Their responses, only some of which are provided below, make us question whether The Age was irresponsible in publishing them in the first place and sparking their viral and international dissemination.

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FULLY (SIC) | October 23, 2015 | WORDS | 4 |

YOLO AGOGO

When buzzwords are harder to follow than a Game of Thrones plotline, it takes a particularly attentive word-watcher to keep track of the trends. Luckily, none other than David Astle is here to examine one that burned brightly but briefly for the impulsive cool kids.

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ELISABETH GRIFFITHS | October 16, 2015 | SOCIETY | 1 |

What’s in a name? Language and the (gay) marriage (equality) debate.

The meaning of the word ‘marriage’ has been hotly debated in the media and in global politics over the last few years. To explore the role of language in shaping the debate about social changes, here’s Elisabeth Griffiths with an examination of the terms used by those for and against changing the legal definition of ‘marriage’.

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FULLY (SIC) | October 08, 2015 | SOCIETY | 1 |

Words can wound. Let’s stop calling people ‘crazy’.

This Mental Health Week, Erica Dodd explains why casually using terms that deride mental illness can have more of an effect than you might think.

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ROSIE SITORUS | October 01, 2015 | INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES | 2 |

Spotlighting Australia’s Languages: Wajarri

We Australians don’t know much about the languages spoken in our own country – so Fully Sic is here to help! We’re featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, Rosie Sitorus tells us about Wajarri.

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