How dictionaries preserve and celebrate Australian English

Through the last 30 years, the Australian National Dictionary Centre (ANDC), in collaboration with Oxford University Press (OUP), has produced Australia’s most authoritative and successful dictionaries, as well as a significant number of research monographs. This body of work has documented the rich history and contemporary dimensions of Australian English. Before the production of the […]

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Oxford Word of the Month: October – lady tradie

noun: a part of a family home organised or designed so that adult children can have privacy from their parents.
THE STORY BEHIND THE WORD OF THE MONTH
High rents in urban areas and the housing affordability crisis in Australia have given rise to a now familiar problem for parents: when will the kids leave home? And until they do, how can we all live under one roof? Adult offspring need less parental attention than children, but they are likely to want more privacy—a big ask for many suburban households.

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Oxford Word of the Month: September – cubby house

noun: a part of a family home organised or designed so that adult children can have privacy from their parents.
THE STORY BEHIND THE WORD OF THE MONTH
High rents in urban areas and the housing affordability crisis in Australia have given rise to a now familiar problem for parents: when will the kids leave home? And until they do, how can we all live under one roof? Adult offspring need less parental attention than children, but they are likely to want more privacy—a big ask for many suburban households.

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