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

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

October 8, 2015 1 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

September 25, 2015 8 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.

Spotlighting Australia’s languages: Anindilyakwa

Spotlighting Australia’s languages: Anindilyakwa

September 3, 2015 10 Comments

We Australians don't know much about the languages spoken in our own country - so Fully Sic is here to help! Over the coming months, we'll be featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, James Bednall tells us about Anindilyakwa.

How to lose your North, be gone with a raft, and have a bird

How to lose your North, be gone with a raft, and have a bird

August 28, 2015

Languages across the world create some pretty interesting imagery. Andreea S. Calude investigates some of the creative idomatic constructions that exist in Indo-European languages.

Spotlighting Australia’s Languages: Tamil

Spotlighting Australia’s Languages: Tamil

August 19, 2015 4 Comments

We Australians don't know much about the languages spoken in our own country - so Fully Sic is here to help! Over the coming months, we'll be featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, Niru Perera tells us about Tamil.

Words have impact: language & Indigenous issues

Words have impact: language & Indigenous issues

August 11, 2015 3 Comments

What to Andrew Forrest, Adam Goodes, and South Park have in common? Alexandra Marley explains how all three can teach us about language choice surrounding Indigenous issues.

Referring to people with disabilities: A how-to guide

Referring to people with disabilities: A how-to guide

July 23, 2015 5 Comments

Ever wonder how to refer to people with disabilities without being offensive? Louisa Willoughby has some rules to follow that should avoid any unintended rudeness.

Negated Intensifiers: Not Super Duper Complicated

Negated Intensifiers: Not Super Duper Complicated

July 8, 2015

They're the grammatical form to use when you want people to know you're not really keen on something. Tias Allard looks into a common English form that sometimes slips under the radar.

Big Brother is watching (your grammar)

Big Brother is watching (your grammar)

July 2, 2015 3 Comments

Who would watch Big Brother in this day and age? Maybe not who you might expect. Isabelle Burke explains how reality TV is proving to be an ideal way to study language.

Should we call the Gallipoli campaign an ‘invasion’?

April 23, 2015

In an interview to promote his most recent film, Russell Crowe labelled the Gallipoli campaign an invasion, causing outrage among some Australians. Erica Dodd responds.