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The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation

Harvard

Small Poppy Syndrome: Why are Australians so Obsessed With Nicknaming Things?

What unites a nation? A shared culture, similar values, healthy respect? Or in the case of Australian English, perhaps a rabid obsession with …

Linguistics

Baby talk is creeping into the office

<i>"Ta."</i><p><i>"Ta? Why did you say 'ta'? I'm not a kid."</i><p>*Record scratch*<p>You're probably wondering how I got here.<p>By here, I mean using the term "ta" as an …

Language

Macquarie Dictionary

It's that time! Take a peek behind the scenes with us as Macquarie Dictionary chooses its 2017 Word of the Year.<p>We sidle into the secret Word of the …

Australia

Lost In Translation: The Power Of Language To Shape How We View The World

If you're bilingual or multilingual, you may have noticed that the different languages you speak will make you stretch in different ways.<p>Languages like Spanish or French require you to remember the gender assigned to every noun, even inanimate objects. Uttering a sentence as simple as "I read the …

Language Learning

Why 'milkshake duck' is the perfect choice for word of the year

Even if you don't know the word, you know the phenomenon.<p>Someone — it can be anyone, though it works best if it's a relative unknown — is briefly …

Orcas can imitate human speech, research reveals

Killer whales able to copy words such as ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’ as well as sounds from other orcas, study shows<p>High-pitched, eerie and yet distinct, the sound of a voice calling the name “Amy” is unmistakable. But this isn’t a human cry – it’s the voice of a killer whale called Wikie.<p>New research …

Killer Whales

Tasmanian election ad narrated in revived Aboriginal language – video

In an Australian first, a TV advertising campaign by activists has been produced in palawa kani, a revived Aboriginal language. The advertisement targets the premier, Will Hodgman, for what Indigenous leaders say has been a failure to deliver on a pledge to ‘reset the relationship’ with Aboriginal …

Australia

Cape Town residents dread 'disaster' as city waits for water to run out

It's known as the Cape of Storms for the dreaded weather systems that roll in from the Atlantic Ocean, tormenting sailors, flooding fields, and …

Snorkeling

The Committee's Choice for Word of the Year 2017 goes to...

Committee's Choice winner<p>The Committee's Choice for the 2017 Word of the Year is <i>milkshake duck.</i> This is an absolute winner! Even if you don’t know …

Language

Australia Day in the age of anger: it's a fight with myself that I can't possibly win

I am Australian. There is no other place on earth from where I could come. I could only have been created here.<p>My DNA traces the very history of this …

Australia

'Get yer hand off it, mate': Why Australian slang is not dying

The Australian attachment to slanguage (slang language) goes back to the earliest settlements of English speakers in Australia.<p>As Edward Gibbon …

Language

Aboriginal English

Amazing Grace, My Chains- Wiradjuri Language

How great to see Jacinda Ardern being so bullish about pregnancy

Mothers know all about multi-tasking, but New Zealand’s PM deserves her time off<p>Congratulations to New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, who’s expecting her first child with her partner, Clarke Gayford, a “stay-at-home dad”.<p>Although she won’t be the first world leader to give birth while in …

The Guardian view on Jacinda Ardern: pregnant with meaning

New Zealand was the first country to give votes to women. Now it gives childcare to the prime minister’s partner<p>Of course it ought not to be news that someone with an important job has a baby and then gets on with their work while their partner gets on with the childcare. Men do it all the time. …

Jacinda Ardern

Cartoonist Mark Knight's take on the Apple Store at Fed Square

An Apple Global Flagship Store to Open at Federation Square - Federation Square

We are proud to share the exciting news that Federation Square will be the home of a brand new Apple Global Flagship Store in 2020.<p>As Melbourne’s …

'It's what ladies do'. Of course Jacinda Ardern can be prime minister and a mum

New Zealand’s prime minister isn’t the first give birth in office but could her no nonsense approach finally change attitudes?<p>If New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s beaming smile put a grin on our collective face when she swept to victory last year, her announcement on Friday that she will …

Voting for less than ten songs in the Hottest 100? Lewis has some feelings - Drive - triple j

There are people in this world I will never understand: people who wash their hands before they use the toilet; three-wheeled motorbike riders; …

Jacinda Ardern: For female PMs, having a baby is an offence only rivalled by not having one

To govern while in possession of a set of hooters is rare enough. To use them for their evolutionary purpose while you're doing it is unique in the …

Oprah Winfrey Receives Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes

The Greeklish project and speaking hybrid languages

It happens all over the world when untranslatable elements of one language creep into another and become embedded in there, to the extent that it …

Fed Square was never supposed to be a shopping centre

In the very early days of Federation Square's conceptual development, long before the architects were appointed, two important documents were …

Fed Square is more than just a nickname

The apparent agreement to demolish a building in Federation Square and replace it with a building for the Apple Corporation brings up issues which we …

Sign the Petition

The proposed development of an Apple store in Federation Square is a blatant abuse of precious public space.<p>Bunnings is the one and only retailer …

Macquarie Dictionary

I know it is the time when we celebrate the new words in the English language, but it is also the time, as my friends at 2UE reminded me, when people …

Macquarie Dictionary

As we finish collecting and reviewing all the new words from 2017 in preparation for our Word of the Year, it's important to take a moment to reflect …

Macquarie Dictionary

Committee's Choice and People's Choice announced!<p>Jan 23, 2018<p><b>People's Choice</b><p>The People's Choice for the 2017 Word of the Year is <i>framily</i>. Honourable …

Linguistics

Macquarie Dictionary

Come with us on a journey through some well-known and lesser known Aussie slang as we count down the days to Xmas. Let us know your favourite or what …