Category: World of words

Q&A: Is “sponsee” a word?

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 seeking... read more

Q&A: Fowl, foul or fell swoop?

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 tackling... read more

Q&A: Tack vs tact

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 tactfully... read more

Word of the week: Incunabulum

Incunabulum (noun) [in-kyoo-nab-yuh-luh-m] “This word sounds like it's supposed to be some kind of cloud. But it actually refers to a really old book, particularly one that was printed - not handwritten - before 1501 in Europe." To hear Valerie and Allison chat more about this... read more

Q&A: Envisage vs envision

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 envisage an... read more

Word of the week: Ataraxia

Ataraxia (noun) [at-uh-rak-see-uh] “While it sounds like a planet from a sci fi novel or even some kind of eating disorder, according to the Macquarie Dictionary it means: ‘a state of tranquillity, free from emotional disturbance and anxiety’. So you might say ‘people who meditate regularly... read more

Q&A: Revert or reply?

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 ponder whether... read more

Q&A: Vicious cycle or circle?

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 find ourselves... read more

Word of the week: Fascinate

Fascinate (verb) [fas-uh-neyt] "Did you know that the word 'fascinate' comes from the Latin word 'fascinatio' which actually means 'casting a spell'? Fascinating!" To hear Valerie and Allison chat more about this and more on the world of writing, blogging and publishing, check out the podcast... read more

Q&A: Canvas vs canvass

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 wish we... read more

Q&A: Broach or brooch?

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 wish to... read more

Q&A: An awful lot to write about

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 have an... read more

Q&A: Jealousy vs Envy

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 all of this... read more

Word of the week: Concinnity

Concinnity (noun) [kuhn-sinuhtee] "This rare word means 'elegance or neatness of literary style'. The Merriam Webster dictionary gives an example as 'a choral work admired for its seamless concinnity of music and dance'. It comes from the Latin 'concinnus' meaning skilfully put together - a definition that has translated to... read more

Q&A: Patently vs Blatantly

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 all... read more

Word of the week: Enervate

Enervate (verb, adjective) [en-uh-vayt] "Although it actually sounds a bit like it might mean to energise, the opposite is true. It means to deprive of energy or vigour. So you might say: 'The enervating atmosphere in the room made everyone lose enthusiasm.'" To hear Valerie and Allison chat... read more

Q&A: Adaptation or adaption?

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 exploring... read more

Word of the week: Metier

Metier (noun) [meteeay] "Even though many people know this word, it's not really in common usage. I was inspired to include it when I was watching The Crown on Netflix recently. Winston Churchill was speaking to the artist painting his portrait. The artist admits that he came to painting... read more

Word of the week: Neologism

Neologism (Noun) [nee'oluhgizuhm] "The Macquarie Dictionary says this is 'a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase.' So recent examples of this might include 'crowdsourcing' or 'metrosexual' or 'chillax'." To hear Valerie and Allison chat more about this and more on the world of writing, blogging and publishing, check out... read more

Q&A: Internet terms explained

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 asking... read more