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Goodbye, Dolly!

Goodbye, Dolly!

Fully (sic)Dec 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.

Should we call the Gallipoli campaign an 'invasion'?

Fully (sic)Apr 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.

Word of the year?

Word of the year?

Piers KellyNov 16, 20131 Comment

It's been a helluva year so far. Three prime ministers, devastating bushfires, Clive Palmer. The Australian National Dictionary Centre wants

Redefining the refugee

William SteedOct 21, 20134 Comments

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?

PM Gillard's Linguistic Exemplar

William SteedMay 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

Commenting or commentating on the polls

Commenting or commentating on the polls

Piers KellyFeb 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.

Up-goer Five

Up-goer Five

James McElvennyJan 29, 20131 Comment

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.

Ingrid Piller scoops Talkley Award

Ingrid Piller scoops Talkley Award

Fully (sic)Jan 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 l

Improvising in Spanish

Improvising in Spanish

Piers KellySep 3, 2012

 

Lingua Franca

Piers KellyAug 24, 20122 Comments

Piers Kelly writes: I'm on Lingua Franca this Saturday talking about Fully (sic) and why it