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Strictly Speaking | Magpie, hamster, squirrel

In a recent article on words that the COVID-19 crisis is adding to English (and other languages), columnist David Astle mentions magpie as a verb, meaning to swoop on supermarket shelves and clear them (Sydney Morning Herald, 3.4.20). The aggressiveness ...

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On the move | June

BENTLEY LEADS After a global search, Federation University has found its new vice-chancellor on home turf – Professor Duncan Bentley, the current deputy vice-chancellor (academic) at Swinburne University. Bentley leads the Academic, International, Online and Indigenous portfolios at Swinburne, and ...

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JobKeeper great but needs an extension: ITECA

The peak body for independent education providers is calling for a limited extension to the JobKeeper scheme. The Independent Education Council Australia (ITECA) says extending the scheme beyond September “is particularly relevant to the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas ...

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Strictly speaking | Infocalypse

This obscure and tongue-challenging word captures what some regard as the most destructive threat to 21st century society. It’s not COVID-19 but the information apocalypse, with fake news and falsified facts flooding through social media, fostering overcredulity in some people ...

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Strictly speaking | Ngangkari

A lot of words have come into Australian English from Aboriginal languages. Think of billabong, corroboree, kookaburra, mia-mia, and of course kangaroo – which was famously misinterpreted by Captain Cook and his crew. It’s true of most of these words ...

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