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We don’t need another hero – or do we?

After a hiatus of some months, during which time I moved house – indeed, states – changed employment conditions and was disconnected from the internet for what seemed an eternity, but was, in fact, only a matter of weeks, it … Continue reading

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Manipulating the language or the truth?

  I’ve written about the state of public language before, but in the wake of the Scott Morrison ‘funeralgate’ episode, I’ve been thinking about how it is manipulated by politicians to serve a political agenda. Morrison made headlines for all … Continue reading

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Language and the Liberal leadership

A couple of years ago I was doing some part-time study at a language institute. After a couple of terms with one teacher, she informed the class one evening that she had been sacked and would not be returning the … Continue reading

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Nominative determinism and naming your princess

When Prince Frederik of Denmark told his folks he was dating an Aussie chick he picked up at a Sydney bar during the Olympics, did Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik exchange horrified glances at the thought of a Princess Shazza … Continue reading

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Public language: can we have eloquent leaders again, please?

When, precisely, did public language become so bland? So full of cliches and spin? So bloody meaningless? And how is this affecting our public view of the language-manglers? Don Watson’s wonderful satire of bureaucraspeak, Weasel Words, summed up, from A … Continue reading

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