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Fully Sic

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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Apostrophe of the week

Apostrophe of the week

September 13, 2010 2 Comments

Sent in by Luke Tennent of Darwin, this pearler comes from a gym in Darwin.  What better way to admire the newly-found freedom apostrophe’s feel thesedays than to marvel at this sign while abluting. Thanks to Luke for also explaining to Caroline why he was taking photo’s in the men’s room of her gym. Seen […]

Apostrophe’s of the week

Apostrophe’s of the week

September 3, 2010 4 Comments

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Mongolian lessons for future slaves 101

Mongolian lessons for future slaves 101

August 26, 2010 2 Comments

Apostrophe of the Week

Apostrophe of the Week

August 10, 2010 3 Comments

Greg Dickson writes: Not usually thought of as a national leader in pushing language change (well … punctuation change really), Katherine, NT, again comes through with a gem.  This one is from the toilets at the Katherine Hotel. Have you spotted a rogue apostrophe in your travel’s?  Take a pic and send it to us […]

Invisible diversity in Bennelong

Invisible diversity in Bennelong

July 28, 2010 4 Comments

Kimie Takahashi writes...Bennelong is the electorate where in 2007 Maxine McKew famously beat John Howard, and her success was in no small measure due to winning the support of the Chinese and Korean business communities as well as attracting young multilingual voters.

Ginger Meggs

Ginger Meggs

July 14, 2010 1 Comment

Bruce Moore writes:...The term Ginger Meggs is often used allusively to refer to people who exhibit the qualities embodied in Ginger Meggs—from mischievous boy to Australian par excellence.

Banal multilingualism

Banal multilingualism

June 20, 2010 5 Comments

Ingrid Piller writes:...Why would anyone go about cooking draped in the Australian flag?! Personally, I think it shows a lack of respect for the flag but then, maybe, it’s tacky enough to be considered cool.

Eponymy in Bongoland

Eponymy in Bongoland

June 8, 2010

Martin Walsh writes:... Among at least some urban Tanzanians ‘to “clinton” someone’, is now a jocular euphemism for fellatio in everyday Swahili.

Chesty Bond

Chesty Bond

June 7, 2010

Bruce Moore writes:... Chesty Bond is the muscled and square-jawed character created in 1938 to advertise singlets made by the Bonds company. The character also appeared in a popular cartoon, where he turned himself into a superhero when he donned the Chesty Bond vest.

The Bradman of…

The Bradman of…

May 31, 2010

Bruce Moore writes: ...The phrase the Bradman of is commonly used in Australia to designate someone who is the best in their field or the finest exponent of some skill.