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Australian English: eponymous words


The Australian English words recently added to include a wealth of interesting words from a wide range…

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Learn about the phrase's surprising change in meaning.

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly

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Joseph Conrad


Polish-born English novelist

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Salties, shafters, and roos: Australian animal words


Australia is well known for its unique, and often dangerous, contributions to the animal kingdom. In our latest online update,…

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Quiz: how good is your Australian English?


There is an altogether different version of English being spoken Down Under. Thanks to “Crocodile” Dundee, lots of non-Aussies…