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Strictly speaking | spruik

It sometimes takes a while for dictionaries to catch up with usage. One of the latest additions to the Oxford English Dictionary online is the transitive sense of the verb spruik, ‘to talk about or promote/publicise something’, to add to ...

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Technology driving seismic shifts in construction

A snapshot of Australia’s construction industry shows how technology is being used to drive productivity, increase revenue and ensure safety. The survey of 170 Australian businesses was commissioned by Procore Technologies and conducted by independent research group ARA Research. It ...

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Strictly speaking: webtoon

How many Korean loanwords are there in English? Not many, apart from kimchi and others drawn from Korean cuisine. Webtoon is remarkable in providing an international name for a mixed genre form of entertainment that takes the printed comic strip ...

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Strictly speaking: foreign fruits

Exotic fruits keep arriving from overseas with foreign names which are hard to remember for those unfamiliar with the language of origin. The Japanese yuzu, a craggy-skinned lemon-like fruit the size of a billiard ball is a recent arrival, now ...

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Strictly speaking: lossy

Profit and loss are sharply contrasted in business, so investments must be loss‑proof, and only very select items can be loss‑leaders. These principles are in fact very old, hence the use of lossful in the 17th century, recorded in a ...

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Award-winning teacher’s equation for success

Dr Kevin Larkin can no longer claim to be an ordinary teacher. The Senior Lecturer (Mathematics Education) at Griffith University has just scooped the title of 2018 Australian University Teacher of the Year. As one of the 13 winners at the Australian ...

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You would believe what academics say

Is there a funnier university-related Twitter account than ‘Shit Academics Say‘? Sarcasm even seeps into its bio disclaimer: Retweets are not endorsements. They are performative engagement markers that intentionally confound direct alignment with ironic promotion, ambivalent reflection, or personal brand ...

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Strictly speaking: gaslighting

The American dictionary website, www.merriam-webster.com, regularly features words that are trending in dictionary searches. One recent example was gaslighting – not in the sense of the outdated mode of illuminating our city streets, but in the more recent definition of ...

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