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From milk bars and potato cakes to delis and fritters: a taste of Australian English regionalisms

From milk bars and potato cakes to delis and fritters: a taste of Australian English regionalisms

Fully (sic)Dec 14, 20152 Comments

In Australia, we sometimes have multiple words for the same thing. Sydney Kingstone reports on her current research into who says what where.

Review: 'Comma Sutra'

Review: 'Comma Sutra'

Elisabeth GriffithsNov 20, 2015

Been missing the cunning, linguistic comedy in your life? Elisabeth Griffiths reviews a local offering that will hit the spot.

Does big data equal big problems?

Does big data equal big problems?

Fully (sic)Nov 13, 20151 Comment

Researchers are making use of 'big data' more and more these days. Technology makes it so easy! But can it go wrong? Fear not! Andreea Calude is here to give us a heads up on its potential pitfalls.

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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

Fully (sic)Oct 29, 20159 Comments

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.

YOLO AGOGO

YOLO AGOGO

Fully (sic)Oct 23, 20154 Comments

When buzzwords are harder to follow than a Game of Thrones plotline, it takes a particularly attentive word-watcher to keep track of the trends. Luckily, none other than David Astle is here to examine one that burned brightly but briefly for the impulsive cool kids.

What’s in a name? Language and the (gay) marriage (equality) debate.

What’s in a name? Language and the (gay) marriage (equality) debate.

Elisabeth GriffithsOct 16, 20151 Comment

The meaning of the word ‘marriage’ has been hotly debated in the media and in global politics over the last few years. To explore the role of language in shaping the debate about social changes, here’s Elisabeth Griffiths with an examination of the terms used by those for and against changing the legal definition of ‘marriage’.

Words can wound. Let’s stop calling people ‘crazy’.

Words can wound. Let’s stop calling people ‘crazy’.

Fully (sic)Oct 8, 20151 Comment

This Mental Health Week, Erica Dodd explains why casually using terms that deride mental illness can have more of an effect than you might think.

Spotlighting Australia's Languages: Wajarri

Spotlighting Australia's Languages: Wajarri

Rosie SitorusOct 1, 20152 Comments

We Australians don't know much about the languages spoken in our own country - so Fully Sic is here to help! We're featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, Rosie Sitorus tells us about Wajarri.

Welcome to Australian English, where swearing isn't swearing

Welcome to Australian English, where swearing isn't swearing

Fully (sic)Sep 25, 20158 Comments

Is 'shit' a swear word? What about 'pretty'? Catherine Cook looks at the complexities of swearing in Australian English, where everything is not as simple as it sometimes seems.

Accolades for Cool Australian Research

Accolades for Cool Australian Research

Allie SeverinSep 18, 2015

Linguistics has been recently acknowledged by the academic community in two very different (and exciting) ways: a government publication outline how the humanities “contribute to the vitality and wellbeing of the nation” and an Ig Nobel prize!

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