Category: World of words

Q&A: Yes?

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 nodding... read more

Q&A: Pant or pants?

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've got... read more

Q&A: Alternative vs alternate

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 seek out... read more

Q&A: Halloween or Hallowe’en?

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 treating... read more

Q&A: Swan song

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 tapping... read more

Q&A: Spitting or splitting image?

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 spitting... read more

Q&A: Incumbent

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 felt it... read more

Q&A: Speciality vs specialty

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 covering our... read more

Q&A: Heaps good?

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's Q&... read more

Q&A Rare form

Q: Hi AWC A: Hello. Are you ready to begin? Q: Absolutely! I’m rearing to go. A: Actually, if that were the case, you’d be “raring to go”. Q: Really? A: Really. Q: “Raring”? What even IS that? I’ve only heard of “rare” – and never as a... read more

Word of the week: Asperity

Asperity (noun) [as'peruhtee] This means sharpness or harshness of temper. So you might say: "The teacher was frustrated with the Year 9 class and spoke to them with asperity." Listen to Valerie and Allison chat more about this and more on the world of writing, blogging and publishing... read more

Q&A: One nation?

Q: Is a country a singular or plural entity? A: Good question. After all, a nation can be both a united front but also made up of millions of people. Q: Exactly! So, is it “Australia play Thailand in the next soccer qualifier” or “Australia PLAYS Thailand”? A: Well, it... read more

Q&A: Tricks of the trade

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 learning... read more

Word of the week: Comstockery

Comstockery (noun) [kom'stokuhree] According to the Macquarie Dictionary, this is: "the overzealous censorship of the fine arts and literature, often mistaking outspokenly honest works for salacious ones." And it is named after Anthony Comstock, a US moralist. So you might say "The conservative lobby encouraged comstockery when they were... read more

Q&A: Plane vs plain

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 keeping... read more

Word of the week: Magisterial

Magisterial (adjective) [majuhs'tearreeuh] You might think this sounds like it comes from majesty, but it doesn't. It actually comes from the word that gave us magistrate, which incidentally used to be schoolteacher. So magisterial means when something is done in the manner of a domineering school teacher. So... read more

Q&A: Cue vs queue

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, cue the "queue... read more

Word of the week: Amanuensis

Amanuensis (noun) [uhmanyooh'ensuhs] Did you know this is a fancy word for "secretary"? It comes from Ancient Rome when an amanuensis was employed to take dictation or copy manuscripts. These days it can refer to any kind of secretary or assistant that helps with words. So you might say... read more

Word of the week: Eponymous

Eponymous (adjective) [uh'ponuhmuhs] This comes from the Greek word "eponym" (meaning "significant name") and is the name of the person after whom a label or place or product or invention is named. So you refer to "Ivanka Trump's eponymous label that was dropped by the department store Nordstrom... read more

Q&A: Bought vs brought

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 bought... read more