November 3, 2010 1 Comment
I love statements like the one Aden Ridgeway has made. Influencing language policy isn't just the stuff of governments, lobby groups, reports and other potentially snore-worthy documents. Language policy decisions and changes also happen on community and personal levels.
October 14, 2010 6 Comments
Greg Dickson writes... An American friend of mine the other day was saying how weird it is that Australians call large hulking bearded men who wear leather and ride motorbikes “bikies”. Sounds normal to me.
September 21, 2010 37 Comments
Greg Dickson writes:...Are we so insecure about our cultural identity that the first sign of a relatively useless term like tomato sauce being at risk can cause anxiety about the downfall of Australian life as we know it?
September 2, 2010 6 Comments
Greg Dickson writes:... When the waitperson brought my pancakes, she offered it saying, "One pancakes?". One pancakes?
July 16, 2010 16 Comments
Greg Dickson writes: The poor old apostrophe. It’s becoming quite controversial these days. Once upon a time it had a happy secure home where all it would ever do was tell you that someone owned something or it would show you that were squishing two words together.
May 13, 2010 9 Comments
Greg Dickson writes:...What sort of fool is capable of saying something as ridiculous as this?:"We want people to speak their home language for the first four hours but we want it predominantly done in English."
May 9, 2010
Greg Dickson writes: ...kangu actually means ‘belly’ in Dalabon and wokarrun literally means something like 'telling yourself a story'. But kangu wokarrun means much more than 'telling yourself a story in your belly'
April 18, 2010 10 Comments
Barnaby Greg Dickson writes: Barnaby Joyce, Queensland Senator for the Liberal National Party, has been havin a bit of a Barry of late, getting a bit of a kicking for being a tad too outspoken. But one area in which he beats other pollies hands down is his talent for wedging Australian English right there […]