Aussie Life

Aussie life

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Are conservative journalists more endangered than polar bears? Unlike the habitat of the world’s largest land carnivore, the landscape across…

(Pro-) Aussie life

14 May 2022 9:00 am

‘We are not changing any of the settings and I don’t believe we need to change any of the settings’…

Aussie life

7 May 2022 9:00 am

In The Australian Ugliness, published in 1960, the architect Robin Boyd remembered a meal in a hotel dining room in…

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…

Aussie life

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The failure of Russian forces to achieve their Ukrainian objectives is said to have surprised nobody more than their commander-in-chief.…

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…

Aussie life

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Of the 101 Australian military personnel who have been awarded the Victoria Cross, our highest honour for bravery, most lie…

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’.…

Aussie life

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Is the woke tide finally starting to turn? One aspect of the mainstream media’s coverage of the Ukraine crisis might…

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…

Aussie life

9 April 2022 9:00 am

April is the cruellest month for anybody who despairs at the state of contemporary humour. Where are the Ealing comedies…

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…

Aussie life

2 April 2022 9:00 am

According to our National Archives, the aim of the Immigration Restriction Act, aka the White Australia Policy, was ‘to limit…

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…

Aussie life

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Indulge yourself with a fascinating read of Admiral Sir Reginald Henderson’s 1911 recommendation for the protection of Australia’s coast. This…

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’…

Aussie life

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Prime ministers rarely lose elections by bungling a single issue. An obvious benefit of the four-year term is that if…

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 life

12 March 2022 9:00 am

There’s nothing like a war and a flood to ease pretend problems like exaggerated viral outbreaks off the front pages.…

Aussie Life

5 March 2022 9:00 am

I’m thinking about acquiring a drug habit. As a New South Wales Seniors Card carrier I may have left it…

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 Life

26 February 2022 9:00 am

A journalist friend has been writing an advice column rather like The Speccie’s ‘Dear Mary’. He was calling it ‘Ask…

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 Life

19 February 2022 9:00 am

If a week is a long time in politics, two months is a geological epoch, during which not just goalposts…

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…