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Havin a Barry

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 […]

How sick? Fully sick.

How sick? Fully sick.

Piers Kelly writes: As an Australianism, ‘fully sick’ isn’t exactly the latest news but somehow it still has the power to enthuse and dismay. I first remember hearing it in Melbourne in the mid-1990s and became an instant ironic user. The Macquarie word map has reports of people using it in Melbourne and Sydney only, […]

neologistics

neologistics

Piers Kelly writes: There are at least four ways to respond to any new colloquialism. Perhaps you’ll find yourself amongst the early adopters. These folks typically belong to the same social crowd that originally innovated or borrowed the colloquialism. Then there are the ironic users. They enjoy the expressiveness of the new word or idiom […]