Category: World of words

PHRASES
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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PHRASES
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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WORDS
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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WORDS
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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WORDS
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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WORDS
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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TERMS EXPLAINED
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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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: What or which?

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 which/what answer will

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Celebrate or commemorate?

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 celebration… Q: Hi

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PHRASES
Dean Koorey

Q&A: “If worse comes to worst” vs “if worst comes to worst”

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 out which one

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Tragedy vs travesty

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 tragic circumstances… Q:

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PHRASES
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Another think vs thing coming

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 in a think tank…

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PHRASES
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Jump the shark

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, there’s a shark attack… Q:

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Grams, ounces, pounds, stones and tons…

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, weight for it… Q: Hi

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Misinformation or disinformation

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, there’s a lot of misinformation

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TERMS EXPLAINED
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Why is a boxing ring square?

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 thinking outside the box…

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Born vs borne

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 the “borne” identity… Q:

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WORDS
Dean Koorey

Q&A: Venomous vs poisonous

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, name your poison… Q: Hi

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