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Tony Abbott’s English-first crusade is ideological, not educational

Crikey readers respond to Tony Abbott's English-first crusade, the role of police surveillance in preventing terrorism, and micro-parties in the Victorian election.

The ABC's local grammar nerds are back -- in some capacity, at least.

Grammar pedants rejoice: ABC reinvents language oversight body

The ABC's local grammar nerds are back -- in some capacity, at least.

Think didgeridoo is an Aboriginal word? Know the etymology of the word posh? Think there's no English word for schadenfreude? Linguist <b>Gary Nunn</b> explodes some English myths.

Prepare to question everything you thought you knew about Australian English

Think didgeridoo is an Aboriginal word? Know the etymology of the word posh? Think there's no English word for schadenfreude? Linguist Gary Nunn explodes some English myths.

Debating the meaning of misogyny is a distraction from the importance of how political debate has been altered.

Keane: defining terms in the great misogyny conspiracy

Debating the meaning of misogyny is a distraction from the importance of how political debate has been altered.

Nearly three-thousand new words have been included in the latest edition of Collins Official Scrabble Words -- the official list for tournament and home Scrabble play around the world -- and slang terms like 'thang' have made the cut.

My word! New Scrabble list is the real thang, innit?

Nearly three-thousand new words have been included in the latest edition of Collins Official Scrabble Words -- the official list for tournament and home Scrabble play around the world -- and slang terms like 'thang' have made the cut.

Need to snare that great job or scoop interview? <em>Copyblogger</em> has six simple but smart tips for making your emails stand out from the pack, so they get read and get a response.

How to write an attention-grabbing email

Need to snare that great job or scoop interview? Copyblogger has six simple but smart tips for making your emails stand out from the pack, so they get read and get a response.

Lies are forgivable, but bullshit is sticky and gets into corners where it can't be reached, explains <em>Crikey</em>'s resident word nerd <b>Piers Kelly</b>. So what particular flavour of dishonesty is Tony Abbott peddling?

Tony Abbott: liar or bullshitter?

Lies are forgivable, but bullshit is sticky and gets into corners where it can't be reached, explains Crikey's resident word nerd Piers Kelly. So what particular flavour of dishonesty is Tony Abbott peddling?

<em>Gawker</em> lists the most overused headlines and phrases in the media blogosphere, from "not so much" to "PWND" to "[x] is the new [y]". Guilty as charged.

ROFL: The most overused media blog cliches. Ever. FTW

Gawker lists the most overused headlines and phrases in the media blogosphere, from "not so much" to "PWND" to "[x] is the new [y]". Guilty as charged.

Psycholinguist <b>Jessica Love</b> pens a 3500-word tribute to pronouns: she, they, and the new gender-neutral third-person personal pronoun: yo. Surprisingly readable -- even for non word nerds.

Why I love pronouns

Psycholinguist Jessica Love pens a 3500-word tribute to pronouns: she, they, and the new gender-neutral third-person personal pronoun: yo. Surprisingly readable -- even for non word nerds.

A former journalist has performed a study into the most over-used cliches in the media, compiling a "greatest hits" list, including classics like "at the end of the day", "unsung heroes" and "outpouring of support".

The seven most overused cliches in journalism

A former journalist has performed a study into the most over-used cliches in the media, compiling a "greatest hits" list, including classics like "at the end of the day", "unsung heroes" and "outpouring of support".

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