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WDYT?

We don’t mean to humblebrag, but the August update to OxfordDictionaries.com is bare good and nailed on to interest and impress you. Throw an air …

Women's talk: why language matters to female entrepreneurs

When Sue Stockdale set out to find women business-owners with fast-growth companies she found the language we use to offer opportunities to women is key<p>“Wanted – successful women entrepreneurs running fast-growing companies”. You would think that an advert like this would have hordes of women …

Five signs your grammar betrays you as being a Kiwi

You find yourself describing a funny story at a party and you’re interrupted by your listener who corrects your grammar. This might aggravate you in …

Laughing at you not with you: the secret codes doctors, butchers and others use at your expense

Have a sneaking suspicion that waiter/flight attendant/doctor/butcher/call-centre worker might be making fun of you behind your back?<p>Actually, it is …

A Punter’s Guide To Bill Leak, The Oz And The Companies That Finance Their Racism

Rather than apologise for the racist cartoon in yesterday’s Australian newspaper, Bill Leak and Australia’s most unprofitable newspaper have this …

If I could peel back my brown skin, you'd see the Aussie bogan on the inside

It’s jarring to hear over and over again that as a nation we need to make sure Muslims feel safe and welcome. You don’t need to welcome me, I was born here<p>Lately, throughout the many nauseatingly similar conversations about Muslims and terrorism and immigration, I’ve been hearing commentators on …

#RedefineWomen Is A Movement Calling Google Dictionary Out On Its Sexist Sentence Samples

English, as a language, has evolved over centuries, but several words still perpetuate oppressive patriarchal notions in their usage and …

Feminism

Election 2016: our pick of the words

by Julia Robinson We are days away from a Federal election brought on by a double dissolution of parliament – the first double dissolution in 29 …

Australia

Australian Citizenship Test

You can shove your citizenship test up your poxy date. No one has the right to decide what being Australian is. I was born here and I have no idea. …

A royal commission isn't enough to fix racist Australia

In 1991, as a callow youth, I sat in the Alice Springs police station giving a statement after a man had detained me in my own home, punched me …

Aussie slang: why we shorten words

<b>WHEN IT COMES TO</b> language, Aussies have a unique style. We wear boardies, eat bickies, drink coldies and have barbies. We are <i>posties</i> and <i>pollies</i>, …

The key to a happy relationship? Maybe it's Borderlands

My husband and I were married on February 29th, 2008, after seven years of dating.<p>That first year of marriage was tough, as I often heard it would be. He worked nights, I had a regular nine-to-five job as a secretary at a college. We barely had time to sit down to a meal together, much less game …

How Pokemon's world was shaped by real-world locations

Pokemon games offer straightforward narratives in a consistent structure: You are a boy or girl that hikes from town to town competing to win badges and you somehow always end up taking down a criminal organization. Your character is almost never in danger, the world is almost never at the brink of …

Pokémon

Dying Light review: fear of heights

<i>Dying Light</i> is developer Techland's big swing for relevance.<p>The Polish developer has made a name for itself in the shrinking middle tier of game development, putting out games that were at the very least something different than the status quo. With <i>Call of Juarez</i>, it's demonstrated an ability to …

Life is Strange: Episode Two - Out of Time review: stand by me

Life is Strange is an episodic adventure game from Dontnod, whose previous game, Remember Me, was also its first.<p><i>In the style of most episodic games, Life is Strange relies on a choice-and-consequence narrative in which players take on the role of high school student Max Caulfield — a young woman</i> …

Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law. <i>Photo: James Brickwood</i><p>My mum speaks three languages (Cantonese, English and Mandarin); four if you include emoji. After learning English …

Changing the world and ourselves through compassion

Be kind and you will be well. It has been the cornerstone of Eastern philosophy for centuries.<p>But what if recognising our shared humanity was more …