Kel Richards

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…

Aussie Language

16 October 2021 9:00 am

A Speccie reader has emailed asking me for an explanation of the word ‘climatarian’. We know what Presbyterians are, she…

Aussie Language

9 October 2021 9:00 am

A new study by researchers at the University of Western Australia shows that the most trusted accent in Australia is…

Kiwi Language

2 October 2021 9:00 am

A tech company claims that anti-vax and anti-lockdown rallies have been ‘astroturfed’. Which means? Well, ‘AstroTurf’ was the world’s first…

Aussie Language

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Just published is Testosterone: The Story of the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us by Harvard biologist Carole Hooven. She…

Aussie Language

18 September 2021 9:00 am

When Extinction Rebellion vandalised Parliament House they were engaging in ‘stuntism’— a word that was coined by Mark Latham. When…

Aussie Language

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The New York Times has chosen a word to describe what happens to people under Covid restrictions: ‘languishing’. Under lockdown…

Aussie Language

4 September 2021 9:00 am

You’ve often come across the charge that ABC news and current affairs programs are being made by ‘activists’ rather than…

Aussie Language

28 August 2021 9:00 am

TV host Paul Murray spoke on Sky News Australia about the role the word ‘misinformation’ is currently playing in the…

Aussie Language

21 August 2021 9:00 am

‘LGAs’. Since when did this ugly piece of bureaucratic jargon become part of everyday English? Because the bureaucrats keep rattling…

Aussie Language

14 August 2021 9:00 am

In December the various dictionaries will announce their choice for the Word of the Year title. For a while I…

Aussie Language

7 August 2021 9:00 am

When Kaylee McKeown won Olympic gold her comment on worldwide television became the headline. Her sister and mum were watching…

Aussie Language

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Edward de Bono—the inventor of ‘lateral thinking’—died recently. I interviewed him a number of times on my radio show (he…

Aussie Language

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Talking to Peta Credlin on Sky News I coined a new expression, ‘language communists’. I used to call the bullies…

Aussie Language

17 July 2021 9:00 am

‘Gain of function’ is a chilling new expression—well, new to most of us—that has entered our language as a result…

Aussie Language

10 July 2021 9:00 am

We are told that sexual assault and sexual harassment happen because men don’t understand consent. NSW has a law before…

Aussie Language

3 July 2021 9:00 am

‘Muck-raking’ is an old journalism expression coined in the US around 1900 to describe two types of journalists: a) those…

Aussie Language

26 June 2021 9:00 am

A report in the Australian said ‘anti-Semitic’ hate crimes are on the rise in America – and the FBI and…

Aussie Language

19 June 2021 9:00 am

The settlement of Christian Porter’s defamation action against the ABC produced the predictable sneering responses from the activists at the…

Kiwi Language

12 June 2021 9:00 am

A friend of mine recently sent me a notice from a big law firm announcing the introduction of ‘Gender Affirmation…

Aussie Language

5 June 2021 9:00 am

A campaign is needed against the word ‘partner’—so I have started one. It was launched on Peta Credlin’s program on…