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Lifestyle

Misogynistic phrases that need to go

If we take a look at the roots of some common phrases, we'll see the casual misogyny that we've all become used to hearing.

Community

Do you remember words such as murgatroyd and okidoki?

Do you remember words such as murgatroyd and okidoki that were popular when many baby boomers were growing up? Let’s head down memory lane.

Community

Casualties of gender equality

Columnist Peter Leith is all for gender equality but this change in our language leaves him a little sad.

COVID-19

Iso, boomer remover, quarantini – COVID’s way with words

We’ve created new words, turned nouns into verbs and even rediscovered rhyming slang, Here’s how the coronavirus is ‘enriching’ our language.

Community

G’arn, join Peter’s campaign to save our strine

Columnist Peter Leith is on a mission – to save a vanishing part of quintessential Australia.

Gadgets

Best way to learn a language for free

If you’ve always dreamed of speaking another language, you’re not alone. Luckily, these free resources are here to make your dream a reality.

Gadgets

Travel Gadget: Slang dictionary for travellers

No more miscommunications or outdated formalities. This new tool helps travellers speak like the locals.

Fun

Why I adore rhyming slang

Its origins may be questionable, but I’ll always have a soft spot for Australian rhyming slang. What could possibly be more poetic than referring to a heart as a ‘jam tart’, or a lie as a ‘porky pie’?

News

Hilarious lost-in-translation phrases from around the world

Just because you can speak another language doesn’t mean you know what they are talking about.

News

Take care saying these words aloud when you’re overseas

You may not like the reaction you’ll receive if you ask for a cookie in Hungary or a kiss in Sweden. Here are other English words that you shouldn’t say aloud when you’re overseas.

Lifestyle

Five free language-learning websites

Are you heading overseas for a long holiday or have you simply always wanted to learn a second language? Leon has found the five best free websites for learning a language.

News

Where did the little word ‘OK’ come from?

You say it every day without even thinking. It’s the most commonly spoken word on the planet. But do you know from where the word OK originated?

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