December 15, 2016
After 46 years of advice on all things teen girl related, Dolly’s closing up shop (in print, at least). Melanie Burns explores what this might mean for language around sex, relationships, and sexualities.
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.
November 16, 2013 1
It’s been a helluva year so far. Three prime ministers, devastating bushfires, Clive Palmer. The Australian National Dictionary Centre wants help from the public to decide on a Word of the Year for 2013. It doesn’t need to have been coined in Australia and it doesn’t even need to be new. What they’re looking for […]
October 21, 2013 4
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?
May 30, 2013
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 […]
February 18, 2013
The prime minister doesn't 'commentate' on opinions polls. Or should that be 'comment'? Piers Kelly investigates the history of these distinct meanings.
January 29, 2013 1
Big words and jargon confound and conceal - it's a common claim. James McElvenny looks at the recent Up-goer Five craze of explaining complex topics using only the 1,000 most common words.
January 10, 2013
A belated congratulations to Ingrid Piller, winner of the 2012 Talkley Award for an individual who has done the most to increase public knowledge about language. Ingrid is a very worthy recipient of this new prize due to her outstanding work as a blogger, her regular media appearances, her promotion of bilingual education and her […]
September 3, 2012
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August 24, 2012 2
Piers Kelly writes: I’m on Lingua Franca this Saturday talking about Fully (sic) and why it’s … fully sick (and reading this post). I’m afraid that under pressure I revert to a monotone, like cornered prey trying to blend in with in with the sound of the circling wasps. For best results, I suggest you […]