Howard Manns writes that the best thing about Australian words is that they are our words, and other people don’t know them. You can call an American a galah, and they won’t know what you mean. Old cobbers will have their drongos and galahs, but the ankle-biters are conjuring a new wave of lexical innovations for the next generation of boofheads; the Australian lexicon is changing, but it’s not dying. Young people use a wider variety of words for “stupid”,
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Keith Allan discusses the oirgins of the slang term bloody which an Australian government minister promulgated as ‘plain speaking and friendly. It is our vernacular’. There have been different attitudes towards the use of bloody over the last three centuries. https://lens.monash.edu/@politics-society/2022/07/12/1384862
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Simon Musgrave takes a deep dive into Australian culture, invention and creativity with a complete record of English as it is used from the Member’s Box of the MCG to the change rooms of the Betoota Dolphins rugby league club. https://lens.monash.edu/@politics-society/2022/07/05/1384853
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