Kel Richards

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 First came the good news that Oxford’s Somerville college had rescinded…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…

John Lennon’s friend imagines

16 November 2019 9:00 am

For several years in the 1950s Peter Jones shared a desk with John Lennon at Quarry Bank High School for…

Conservative notes

2 November 2019 9:00 am

James Allan and Chris Kenny are wrong Conservatives have long, and rightly, been wary of legislating for human rights—seeing all…

Four freedoms

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Is it time for Australia to legislate for a minimalist bill of rights? Now, before you scream ‘Not as long…

EXCLUSIVE: Kel Richards’ election dictionary

13 May 2019 11:10 am

Puzzled by the way words are used in the election campaign? Here’s your handy cut out ‘n’ keep pocket guide…