As conspiracy theories go, it was one of the more amusing, if not exactly one of the grandest, not really up there with the Illuminati secretly controlling the world, or the shopping list of people who killed JFK: Julia Gillard had somehow engineered Macquarie Dictionary into changing the meaning of "misogyny".

"Mate, just a heads up, I did that dictionary thing in England too," Gillard's communications chief John McTernan wickedly tweeted at Chris Kenny, former Liberal staffer, failed Liberal candidate and now one of The Australian's, ahem, stable of old white reactionary men (News Ltd's "become your readers" strategy in action).