Kel Richards

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…

Aussie Language

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Writing in The Speccie Dot Wordsworth said: ‘The most effective weapon in cultural warfare is to find a form of…

Aussie Language

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The Australian Breastfeeding Association has declared the word ‘mother’ to be ‘non-inclusive’. Does this make linguistic sense? Not for a…

Aussie Language

15 May 2021 9:00 am

There is an organisation called ‘Dying with Dignity’. In their most recent newsletter they say, ‘The NSW Parliament looks set…

Aussie Language

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Brauer College in Warrnambool, Victoria made the news for having required all the boys at an assembly to ‘stand up…

Aussie Language

1 May 2021 9:00 am

The expression ‘culture cringe’ was coined in 1950 by literary critic A. A. Phillips to describe the cringing assumption that…

Aussie language

24 April 2021 9:00 am

In the light of the catastrophic floods on the east coast, it’s time to talk about ‘climate science’. Not the…

Aussie language

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The Root is an African American online magazine that breaks astonishing news. While the rest of the world is worried…

Aussie Language

3 April 2021 9:00 am

The Oxford English Dictionary is currently asking ‘how and why sexist terms are recorded in the dictionary and what this…

Aussie Language

27 March 2021 9:00 am

The word ‘independent’ has been part of the English language since 1612. So how can anyone be confused about its…

Aussie Language

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Is there a linguistic solution to the misuse of the word ‘racism’? Under so-called Critical Race Theory almost everything is…

Language

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Is it just me, or have others noticed that heterosexual couples have lost access to the words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’?…

Aussie Language

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The expression ‘unconscious bias’ is back in the headlines. First came the good news that Oxford’s Somerville college had rescinded…

Kiwi Language

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Nancy Pelosi succeeded in banning ‘mother’ from appearing in the paperwork of Congress. Now the ANU’s Gender Institute Handbook wants…

Aussie Language

20 February 2021 9:00 am

A Speccie reader has asked if it is linguistically permissible to label the tactics of climate catastrophists as ‘brainwashing.’ The…

Aussie Language

13 February 2021 9:00 am

The word of the past decade (2011-2020) is ‘fake news.’ That, at least, is the opinion of the fine folk…

Aussie Language

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The North American Scrabble Players Association, has issued a list of 236 banned words – all deemed to be ‘offensive…

Aussie Lingo

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Every other day some minor celebrity complains of being ‘trolled’ on social media. The answer is to get off social…

Aussie Lingo

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Have we flogged the word ‘spirit’ to death? Or, rather have politicians, emptied it of all meaning and turned it…

Speaking Our Language

9 January 2021 9:00 am

The Australian language is one of the few bonds that still binds together the Australian nation. And, heaven knows, we…

Language notes

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Word-of-the-year of the Year It’s that time of year once again – the season when dictionaries announce their choice for…

Different words

1 August 2020 9:00 am

If you’d been in our house during the Coon cheese debacle you would have heard me shouting at the TV:…

Language notes

25 July 2020 9:00 am

One of the most intriguing expressions to come out of the pandemic so far is ‘deep cleaning’. We read that…