For over two decades, linguist Roly Sussex has documented the nature and evolution of the English Language on his popular weekly ABC Radio program ‘Word for Today'. And now he’s collected the best ones into book form for the very first time. We have three copies of Word for Today by Roly Sussex to be won this week – definitely one for the word nerds out there!
For example, did you know that the word salary comes from the Latin sal for ‘salt', since part of the payment to Roman soldiers was in salt? That braces and suspenders used to refer to different items of clothing? Or that trolls have migrated from fairytales to online discussion forums?
The English language is currently going through a period of tremendous ferment, growth and expansion. Old ‘rules' are being challenged, or weakened. New ones are emerging. And mistakes and misuses are popping up with all the speed that the internet can provide. For the first time, the best of these reflections on word origins, neologisms and misuses are collected in this witty and insightful book. With Word for Today, you'll always have a word for tomorrow.
If you’d like to win a copy of this fun and fascinating book, the task this week is an easy one. Simply tell us your FAVOURITE WORD and WHY (in 25 words or fewer)! Our favourite three answers will WIN a copy of the book.
Entries close midday Monday 23 November 2020, Sydney/Melbourne time.
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR YOUR ENTRIES! WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED BY EMAIL AND ANNOUNCED IN OUR NEWSLETTER.