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Australian English has many fascinating stories, interesting etymologies, and wonderfully weird slang. The language is constantly evolving as the world around us changes; new words are created, meanings change, and other things get left behind. In Word for Word, we explore the surprising histories behind everyday words and phrases, go behind the scenes with the dictionary editors, and meet some of Australia's most interesting word-lovers, from Scrabble champions to hip-hop artists.

Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.

Word for Word Macquarie Dictionary

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    • 4.8 • 132 Ratings

Australian English has many fascinating stories, interesting etymologies, and wonderfully weird slang. The language is constantly evolving as the world around us changes; new words are created, meanings change, and other things get left behind. In Word for Word, we explore the surprising histories behind everyday words and phrases, go behind the scenes with the dictionary editors, and meet some of Australia's most interesting word-lovers, from Scrabble champions to hip-hop artists.

Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.

    Word for Word #36 Word Watch

    Word for Word #36 Word Watch

    In this episode of our special "in-iso" season, we chat about new words on the team's radar. Our editors discuss the Karen phenomenon and Beyoncé, while Chief Editor Alison Moore explains dictionary headwords and how two words can win Word of the Year.
    This is a Covid free episode. If you are interested in new words arising from the pandemic, check out episode #35 A Pandemic of new words. 
    Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it. 
    Read more about Word for Word at macquariedictionary.com.au/podcast

    • 22 min
    #35 A pandemic of new words

    #35 A pandemic of new words

    Language around the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve. In this episode of our special "in-iso" season, the team chat about some of the new words that have come into usage as a result of life in the times of COVID. 
    Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it. 
    Read more about Word for Word at macquariedictionary.com.au/podcast
     

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    #34 The shifting nature of pronunciation

    #34 The shifting nature of pronunciation

    In this special “iso edition” episode, we take a small detour from talking about the virus to chat with Chief Editor Alison Moore about one of her favourite things — pronunciation. 
    Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it. 
    Read more about Word for Word at macquariedictionary.com.au/podcast

     

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    #33 New word mashups

    #33 New word mashups

    In this special “iso edition” episode, we chat about some of the many new words that have emerged from the global pandemic of COVID-19. One of the most common ways new words are made is by word mashups, or portmanteau words. The massive societal change brought about by coronavirus has resulted in many new words cropping up — from quarantini to covidiot and beyond.

    Read more about Word for Word at macquariedictionary.com.au/podcast

    • 11 min
    #32 Defining COVID-19

    #32 Defining COVID-19

    In this new episode of a special "in iso" edition of the podcast, Senior Editor Vic Morgan shares some of the different names we use for the virus—from COVID-19 to the Rona. Plus, she clears up the confusion between the meaning of epidemic and pandemic.
    Read more about Word for Word at macquariedictionary.com.au/podcast

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    #31 Fishing for cats, dogs & hats

    #31 Fishing for cats, dogs & hats

    From catfishing and FOMO, to the rise of the ‘influencer’, the internet is a rich source for ever-evolving slang words and expressions.
    In this special bonus episode, we look at popular internet terms, abbreviations and acronyms that have made their way into colloquial language.
    Read more about Word for Word at macquariedictionary.com.au/podcast

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

Frame49 ,

Local topics

Great conversations about words and ideas from a local context. Words can be so much more interesting if you know more about them.

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Engaging, informative and fun

Love listening to this whether I’m going for a run, doing something around the house or even better sitting down with a cup of tea or glass of wine!

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Surprisingly wonderful

You wouldn’t necessarily think a podcast by or about a dictionary would be interesting but it really, really is.

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