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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

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.

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

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.

Words have impact: language & Indigenous issues

Words have impact: language & Indigenous issues

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.

ABC Language rises from SCOSE’s ashes

ABC Language rises from SCOSE’s ashes

It’s time to get excited. ABC’s language advisory body is back!

Do spelling bees teach L-I-T-E-R-A-C-Y?

Do spelling bees teach L-I-T-E-R-A-C-Y?

The Great Australian Spelling Bee is coming to our screens. But what place do spelling bees have in the teaching of literacy? Elisabeth Griffiths examines the impact (or lack thereof) alphabetic gymnastics has on student understanding.

Review: The Allusionist podcast

Review: The Allusionist podcast

Ever wonder if wordy podcasts are worth it? It seems that at least one of them is. Elisabeth Griffiths has a listening recommendation for Fully Sic readers.

Fully (Sic) 2015 Eurovision wrap-up

Fully (Sic) 2015 Eurovision wrap-up

Now that Vienna’s dangling balls have ceased oscillating, Lauren Gawne recaps this year's Eurovision Song Contest, considering the spectacle from a linguistic perspective.

Redefining the refugee

Redefining the refugee

Fairfax media reports that Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has sent a list of appropriate terminology for referring to refugee boat arrivals, including referring to the people as 'illegal arrivals' and 'detainees'. How does changing terminology change how we think about something?

Deceit for a cause: the ALNF and its misguided marketing

Deceit for a cause: the ALNF and its misguided marketing

The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) is a charity with impressive marketing and fundraises thousands of dollars for programs to improve literacy among Aboriginal children. So why does it matter that their marketing strategy misleads the public and reflects badly on the same children that they are trying to support? Greg Dickson explains.

PM Gillard's Linguistic Exemplar

PM Gillard's Linguistic Exemplar

It seems that Julia Gillard has been listening to the advice of the Language and Culture Network of Australian Universities (LCNAU) and Fully(sic) and has started leading by example when it comes to languages. William Steed ponders her motivation… It was only recently that I commented on LCNAU’s call for Australia’s leaders to lead by […]