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Allie Severin Editor of Fully (sic)

Fully Sic is Crikey’s language blog for discerning word nerds, where Australian linguists celebrate the wonder of language and challenge popular perception of language issues.

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How to solve Australia’s language learning crisis

How to solve Australia’s language learning crisis

Fully (sic)Jun 15, 2016

With the "moribund" state of language learning in Australia in the spotlight, Ingrid Piller busts some myths, arguing that it does not have to be this way and that something can be done about it.

How to be a Shady Fish: Speaking like a Queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race

How to be a Shady Fish: Speaking like a Queen on RuPaul’s Drag Race

Fully (sic)Apr 13, 2016

Do we ever sound like our authentic selves? Or is the way we talk always dependent on who we are talking to? Guest blogger Cass Bleechmore looks at the way the contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race communicate and create a shared identity. Despite using a distinctive lexicon, drag queens are just doing what we all do: using language to construct group identity.

Five use a mysterious preposition

Five use a mysterious preposition

Fully (sic)Mar 30, 20161 Comment

Lurking in the seemingly innocuous pages of a classic children’s story is the perplexing use of an extraneous preposition. What’s it doing there? And what can it tell us about how language changes? Richard Ingold investigates.

So where did the Aussie accent really come from?

So where did the Aussie accent really come from?

Fully (sic)Dec 21, 20159 Comments

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.

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

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

Fully (sic)Dec 14, 20152 Comments

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

Does big data equal big problems?

Does big data equal big problems?

Fully (sic)Nov 13, 20151 Comment

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.

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

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

Fully (sic)Oct 29, 20159 Comments

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.

YOLO AGOGO

YOLO AGOGO

Fully (sic)Oct 23, 20154 Comments

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.

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

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

Fully (sic)Oct 8, 20151 Comment

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.

Welcome to Australian English, where swearing isn't swearing

Welcome to Australian English, where swearing isn't swearing

Fully (sic)Sep 25, 20158 Comments

Is 'shit' a swear word? What about 'pretty'? Catherine Cook looks at the complexities of swearing in Australian English, where everything is not as simple as it sometimes seems.