Category: World of words

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: Why is it called a spelling bee?

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 a spelling bee…

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: “Wonderous” vs “wondrous” vs “wonderful”

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, wonders will never cease… Q:

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: “In the box seat”

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 bums on seats…

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: “A shot or stab in the dark?”

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 taking a shot in

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: Edgeways vs edgewise

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 taking the leading edge…

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: “Shameless” vs “shameful”

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, shame on you… Q: Hi

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: Is “refudiate” 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 refudiated… Q: Hi AWC,

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: “Insightful” vs “inciteful”

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 an insight job… Q:

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: “Resolution” vs “solution”

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 talking ’bout a resolution…

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World of words
Dean Koorey

Top 10 Q&As of 2020

What a year it’s been – and through it all, our intrepid Q&A team (okay, it’s one person) has toiled day and night (mostly night) to poke, prod and prognosticate on the quirks and quandaries of the English language. So while we’re in holiday mode, let’s look back on the top 10 Q&A articles for 2020…

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World of words
Australian Writers' Centre Team

Holiday Cryptic Clues Quiz

Ahhhh summer – a time for sun, for sand and well, also for word puzzles! Yes, that’s right – here to get you through the holiday break, we’ve compiled a collection of 25 cryptic clues for you to solve. (New to solving cryptic clues? They’re not scary! Check out this

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: “Finding a needle in a haystack”?

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 hay fever… Q:

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World of words
Australian Writers' Centre Team

2020 Words of the Year

Every year, the world’s major dictionaries look at their data and announce their “word of the year”. And even though it’s based on search trends, the winning words typically go in all manner of lexical directions. In the past, we’ve had duck milkshakes, metrosexuals and even emojis. But choosing what

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: “Toe the line” or “tow the line”?

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 toe jamming… Q: Hi

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: Math vs maths, toward vs towards, lego vs legos

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 joining the s-club… Q:

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: Recur vs reoccur

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 recurring themes… Q:

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: How long is a jiffy, tick or flash?

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 doing time… Q: Hi

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: Oneth? Twoth? Threeth?

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, stop the count! Q: Hi

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Dean Koorey

Q&A: Election 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 finding the origin of

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