Kel Richards

Language

21 May 2022 9:00 am

We all know ‘adult’ the noun, and we know what an ‘adult’ is (‘because,’ as a friend said to me,…

Language

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Now a new and (I think) much needed expression: ‘disagreement consent’. It’s a play on a more familiar expression I…

Language

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The current prominence of the word ‘gaffe’ is due to the Gaffe Meister himself – Joe Biden. But on investigation…

Language

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Here it is! I have finally found one word that will describe the Liberal party in its present state— ‘agathokakological’.…

Language

16 April 2022 9:00 am

The word ‘fatigue’ has been part of the English language since at least 1693. It comes from a French source…

Language

9 April 2022 9:00 am

The expression ‘to walk back’ has exploded over the news recently. We have been told by the news media that…

Language

2 April 2022 9:00 am

A reader (Rosie) has drawn my attention to a new(ish) word: ‘coddiwomple’. Rosie wrote to say that she has been…

Language

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Have you noticed the trend to refer to some Australians as ‘First Nations’ people? Those Australians were once called ‘Aboriginal’…

Language

19 March 2022 9:00 am

According to news reports Vladimir Putin expected his invasion and conquest of Ukraine to be a ‘cakewalk’. This is originally…

Aussie Language

5 March 2022 9:00 am

We are used to words being banned – but now it seems the word police are coming for the word…

Aussie Language

26 February 2022 9:00 am

A small award should be presented to the Australian’s Alice Workman for her new coinage. She has given us a…

Aussie Language

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Writing in the Daily Telegraph James Morrow referred to something called a preference cascade which he said was a term…

Aussie Language

12 February 2022 9:00 am

I have coined a potentially useful new expression: comatose bias. We are told that one of the great problems in…

Aussie Language

5 February 2022 9:00 am

As we approach a federal election, for the next few weeks I’ll look at  some ‘election lingo’. ballot: Why do…

Aussie Language

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Here’s a delightful expression I have just encountered: ‘offence archaeology’. This is the practice of going through the social media…

Aussie Language

22 January 2022 9:00 am

A letter writer to the Australian has pointed out that Anthony Albanese appears to have coined a brand-new oxymoron to…

Aussie Language

15 January 2022 9:00 am

In his column in the Weekend Australian just before Christmas demographer Bernard Salt expressed his fear that the Australian language…

Aussie Language

18 December 2021 9:00 am

This appears to be a case of ‘What were they thinking?’ The good folk at the Macquarie Dictionary have announced…

Aussie Language

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Nick Cater has coined what I think is a brilliant new expression the ‘laptop class’. This is his vivid and…

Aussie Language

4 December 2021 9:00 am

In a recent piece in the Australian newspaper paper Terry McCrann (the doyen of economics writers — he of the…

Aussie Language

27 November 2021 9:00 am

The hot political word of the moment has to be faction. In Victoria the anti-corruption body, IBAC, is currently investigating…

Aussie Language

20 November 2021 9:00 am

It’s that time of the year again—when dictionaries around the world start announcing their chosen ‘Word of the Year’. First…

Aussie Language

13 November 2021 9:00 am

The short-priced favourite that ran second in this year’s Melbourne Cup was a horse called ‘incentivise’. But is that a…

Aussie Language

30 October 2021 9:00 am

When New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet announced the re-opening of the state he said: ‘We can’t remain a hermit…

Aussie Language

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Andrew Bolt, among others, has been scrupulous in drawing our attention to what he calls ‘race baiting’. For example, Greens…