Making the dictionary ‘fair dinkum’

As a primary school student in the mid-1980s one of my favourite in-class games was the ‘Dictionary Game’. Mr Brenchly would read out the definition from a word in our school dictionary and we would be asked to find the word that was being defined in our copy of the dictionary. There is one word I remember fondly, partly because I was the first to correctly guess it. Mr Brenchly: the next word means false; pretended. It is also part of the name of a popular Australian band (our teacher always liked to add a bit of popular culture into the question). Have you guessed yet? The answer was ‘pseudo’, and the band was Pseudo Echo of course. I can’t remember any of their songs now but I’m quite familiar with the prefix pseudo and some of the words formed from it like pseudonym. I also learnt from my dictionary that pseudo is derived from ancient Greek as are many of the words in English beginning with ‘ps’.

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Move over, tennis mums, a new breed of tennis mom has arrived in the updated Oxford English Dictionary

You might remember the term tennis mum being used to describe women who returned to tennis after becoming mothers. Now, tennis mom and tennis dad refer to parents who actively and enthusiastically support their child’s participation in the sport. They are among the tennis-related, lifestyle, current affairs and educational terms included in the latest update of the Oxford […]

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