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What words defined 2021 according to dictionaries?

2021 Words of the Year

Every year, the world’s major dictionaries look at their data and announce their “word of the year” based on search trends. Traditionally it was a

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where does the Mexican standoff and Mexican wave come from?

Q&A: The origin of the Mexican standoff and Mexican wave

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, once upon a time in

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Furious Fiction December 2021 stories had to include a tree

Furious Fiction December 2021 winner and shortlist

It’s a new year and a new format for your beloved Furious Fiction – with competition weekends now taking place each quarter. But first, we still need to crown the final winner of 2021. Here were the challenge criteria: Each story had to include a tree. Each story had to

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Where does doggie bag come from?

Q&A: The origin of the “doggie bag”

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, it’s a dog’s dinner… Q:

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Q&A: Why do we use “zzz” for sleep?

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, we need beauty sleep… Q:

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light the creative spark in 2022

22 ways to reinvent yourself in the New Year

Are you feeling keen to shake up your routine this year? Perhaps you’ve just been through a big life change? A new career, the end of a relationship, a move to a different city? Everyone goes through stages of life where you become a bit unsure about who you are

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Explore our top 10 Q&As of the year

Top 10 Q&As of 2021

Q: Hey, it’s the end of 2021! A: Somehow, yes. Q: What a year. A: It was a year, that’s true. Q: So, they want us to lock down our 10 favourite Q&As of 2021. A: Please don’t say “lock down”. Q: Choose? Select? Curate? Throw darts at a wall?

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Solve our holiday cryptic clues quiz

The holidays are a great time to sit back and give your brain a well-earned rest, right? Well, it’s also a great time to test its limits – with our now-infamous annual holiday treat. That’s right, we’re back this year with a collection of cryptic clues for you to solve.

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Q&A: Holiday vs vacation

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, we’re having holiday vibes… Q:

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Relax with these good books

22 recommended reads for 2022

Word of mouth – it remains one of the most powerful ways to find out about something new. And so, with our AWC community being filled with avid readers, we decided to ask “what were some of your favourite books that you read this year?”. The books didn’t have to

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is it succession or secession?

Q&A: Succession vs secession

Each week here at the Australian Writers’ Centre, we dissect and discuss, contort and retort, ask and gasp at the English language and all its rules, regulations and ridiculousness. It’s a celebration of language, masquerading as a passive-aggressive whinge about words and weirdness. This week, we’re succeeding… Q: Hi AWC,

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What words defined 2021 according to dictionaries?

2021 Words of the Year

Every year, the world’s major dictionaries look at their data and announce their “word of the year” based on search trends. Traditionally it was a varied mix of duck milkshakes, metrosexuals and even emojis. But last year saw a common theme – with the likes of “pandemic”, “COVID”, “lockdown” and

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Learn from anywhere with AWC online courses

9 online courses to do this summer

Ah the allure of summer. Where you can sit outside getting sunburnt, frantically waving flies from your face, while sweat falls from your skin in salty cascades… On second thought, why not stay inside in the aircon and learn a new skill instead? For those of you who would much

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