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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.

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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.

    #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.
    #30 It’s Wine Time!

    #30 It’s Wine Time!

    In this episode we are talking about all things wine! From the origins of slang and regionalisms to varietals and naming, as well as the many words used to describe the aromatics and taste of wines. Plus, the team does some investigative work and puts their noses, palates and vocabulary  to the test in a blind tasting. And it wouldn’t be a Macquarie Dictionary podcast if we didn’t also talk a little bit about Aussie slang, particularly that around wine. Pour yourself a glass and let’s get started.
    Read more about Word for Word at macquariedictionary.com.au/podcast

    • 19 min.
    #29 Word of the Year 2019

    #29 Word of the Year 2019

    It's that time! Take a peek behind the scenes with us as Macquarie Dictionary chooses its 2019 Word of the Year.
    We once again join the Word of the Year Committee meeting, hosted at Macquarie HW, as they debate which word best represents the year. Guest judges include David Astle (radio host, writer and crossword compiler extraordinaire), Beverley Wang (journalist, producer, podcaster), Rudi Bremer (radio broadcaster and producer) and Tiger Webb (ABC Language).
    What's your choice for Word of the Year 2019? Review our shortlist and cast your vote for People's Choice here. Voting closes 8 December 2019.
    Read more about Word for Word at macquariedictionary.com.au/podcast

    • 20 min.
    #28 Talkin’ tech-savvy terminology

    #28 Talkin’ tech-savvy terminology

    In this episode we explore the language of technology. How did we speak about the burgeoning computer age 30 years ago, and how do we speak about technology now? The team investigates the words that we have used to talk about technology - those that have stayed with us, those that have evolved, and those that have faded over time.
    Read more about Word for Word at macquariedictionary.com.au/podcast

    • 16 min.
    #27 Word Watch

    #27 Word Watch

    New words and meanings are constantly being created, with some of these passing by in the blink of an eye, while others have more staying power. In this episode, the team talks about the ways new words are created, and take a closer look at some of the new words that have been submitted to us. Plus, the editors explain how we determine whether a word warrants a place in the dictionary, and once it’s approved, what happens next.
     
    Read more about Word for Word at macquariedictionary.com.au/podcast

    • 24 min.
    #26 Polari

    #26 Polari

    Secret languages abound in history and in modern culture, with words occasionally making the leap into the mainstream of spoken English. In this episode we example the secret language of Polari with Professor Paul Baker and Colleen Windor of Les Girls. Plus, the Macquarie team discuss which Polari words have made it into the dictionary, and the resurgence of some words on the TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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

    • 38 min.

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