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Indigenous, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders? It’s not black and white

How do you refer to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders? Unpicking the terminology around how Australia’s first people are reported in the media means navigating a minefield packed with political explosives.

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Is Scott Morrison really a climate denialist? A linguist turned his skills to the task

A closer look at Scott Morrison's words show that he may be saying more about his party's attitudes than originally intended.

Scott Morrison attends a Chinese New Year ceremony in 2019. (Image: AAP/Ellen Smith)

A lesson for the PM: speak up, but stick to English

Things have gone badly awry between Australia and China. Was it something we said? 

On resisting the ‘bonk ban’, ‘business bashing’ and other phrases made to distract us

We all know language is loaded with politics and vested interests, so why do we still happily buy into these lazy phrases?

Asian language study should be mandatory if Australia wants to flourish

If Australia wants to achieve strong second language proficiency, it should consider adopting a mandatory approach, says freelance writer Nick Rodway.

<em>Crikey</em> readers have their say on terror threat levels, the real meaning of "moomba" and other issues of the day.

How army rankings translate to civilian middle management

Crikey readers have their say on terror threat levels, the real meaning of "moomba" and other issues of the day.

Assault victim Daniel Christie's family has argued the term "king hit" should be changed to "coward's punch". <em>Crikey</em> intern <b>Broede Carmody</b> looks at the arguments for and against the change.

King hit or coward’s punch: the language of violence and why it matters

Assault victim Daniel Christie's family has argued the term "king hit" should be changed to "coward's punch". Crikey intern Broede Carmody looks at the arguments for and against the change.

This weekend's AFL grand final will have commentary in 11 different languages, thanks to <em>Footify</em> -- an unlikely campaign funded by NAB.

Footyglots: Aussie Rules goes multilingual

This weekend's AFL grand final will have commentary in 11 different languages, thanks to Footify -- an unlikely campaign funded by NAB.

As the election campaign winds up, former political speechwriter James Button speaks to <em>Crikey</em> on the death of the campaign speech, the dangers of language, and why politicians steer clear of poetry.

James Button on the death of the campaign speech

As the election campaign winds up, former political speechwriter James Button speaks to Crikey on the death of the campaign speech, the dangers of language, and why politicians steer clear of poetry.

If you compare Macquarie Dictionary's reasoning for changing the definition of misogyny to the reporting that followed, you can literally see political spin happening at the smallest level, says <b>Aidan Wilson</b>.

Misogyny: a conspiracy theory

If you compare Macquarie Dictionary's reasoning for changing the definition of misogyny to the reporting that followed, you can literally see political spin happening at the smallest level, says Aidan Wilson.

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