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Literacy, numeracy and internet ability in Australia

Measuring the right amount of medicine, filling out a form or finding something on the internet. Did you know that almost half of the adult population would have trouble doing that kind of thing?

By | 2017-05-19T08:20:26+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Accessibility, Did you know, Pinned|0 Comments

Word of the Day: Epizuexis

This is both a Word of the Day and a figure of speech. (Double word score?) Definition: Repeating a word (or phrase) for emphasis. (Usually 3 times.) For example, if you asked me what I did over Christmas, I might say: Eat and drink, eat and drink, eat and drink. At which point, you might [...]

By | 2016-12-27T14:29:12+00:00 January 5th, 2016|Did you know, Personal, Rhetoric, WOTD|0 Comments

Indian English: Preponing the tiffin

India has a lot of languages—according to a 2001 census, there were 29 different languages in India that had at least a million native speakers each. The official language is Hindi—but English in India is a rich variant in its own right.

By | 2017-09-13T22:18:44+00:00 November 26th, 2015|Did you know, Etymology, Grammar, Linguistics|1 Comment

The difference between i.e. and e.g.

After raging ad-hoc, non-traditional apostrophe abuse, one of the most common mistakes an editor sees is people using 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' interchangeably. First things first: they are not interchangeable. Well, they may be interchangeable in some kind of surrealist anti-grammar situation, where the desired effect is to get your reader to tear out their tongue [...]

By | 2017-10-03T08:29:33+00:00 June 21st, 2015|Did you know, Grammar, Misused words|0 Comments

Australian English—where the bloody hell did it come from?

How do we explain the general homogeneity of the Australian accent (almost no variation in a country 30 times the size of Britain)? What is Australian English, anyway? (Is it more than just the accent?) This post explores these questions, and influences on Australian English—from colonial times to present day.

By | 2017-05-19T08:20:32+00:00 June 16th, 2015|Did you know, Etymology, Grammar, Linguistics|0 Comments