Kel Richards

Aussie Language

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Talking to Peta Credlin on Sky News I coined a new expression, ‘language communists’. I used to call the bullies…

Aussie Language

17 July 2021 9:00 am

‘Gain of function’ is a chilling new expression—well, new to most of us—that has entered our language as a result…

Aussie Language

10 July 2021 9:00 am

We are told that sexual assault and sexual harassment happen because men don’t understand consent. NSW has a law before…

Aussie Language

3 July 2021 9:00 am

‘Muck-raking’ is an old journalism expression coined in the US around 1900 to describe two types of journalists: a) those…

Aussie Language

26 June 2021 9:00 am

A report in the Australian said ‘anti-Semitic’ hate crimes are on the rise in America – and the FBI and…

Aussie Language

19 June 2021 9:00 am

The settlement of Christian Porter’s defamation action against the ABC produced the predictable sneering responses from the activists at the…

Kiwi Language

12 June 2021 9:00 am

A friend of mine recently sent me a notice from a big law firm announcing the introduction of ‘Gender Affirmation…

Aussie Language

5 June 2021 9:00 am

A campaign is needed against the word ‘partner’—so I have started one. It was launched on Peta Credlin’s program on…

Aussie Language

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Writing in The Speccie Dot Wordsworth said: ‘The most effective weapon in cultural warfare is to find a form of…

Aussie Language

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The Australian Breastfeeding Association has declared the word ‘mother’ to be ‘non-inclusive’. Does this make linguistic sense? Not for a…

Aussie Language

15 May 2021 9:00 am

There is an organisation called ‘Dying with Dignity’. In their most recent newsletter they say, ‘The NSW Parliament looks set…

Aussie Language

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Brauer College in Warrnambool, Victoria made the news for having required all the boys at an assembly to ‘stand up…

Aussie Language

1 May 2021 9:00 am

The expression ‘culture cringe’ was coined in 1950 by literary critic A. A. Phillips to describe the cringing assumption that…

Aussie language

24 April 2021 9:00 am

In the light of the catastrophic floods on the east coast, it’s time to talk about ‘climate science’. Not the…

Aussie language

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The Root is an African American online magazine that breaks astonishing news. While the rest of the world is worried…

Aussie Language

3 April 2021 9:00 am

The Oxford English Dictionary is currently asking ‘how and why sexist terms are recorded in the dictionary and what this…

Aussie Language

27 March 2021 9:00 am

The word ‘independent’ has been part of the English language since 1612. So how can anyone be confused about its…

Aussie Language

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Is there a linguistic solution to the misuse of the word ‘racism’? Under so-called Critical Race Theory almost everything is…

Language

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Is it just me, or have others noticed that heterosexual couples have lost access to the words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’?…

Aussie Language

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The expression ‘unconscious bias’ is back in the headlines. First came the good news that Oxford’s Somerville college had rescinded…

Kiwi Language

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Nancy Pelosi succeeded in banning ‘mother’ from appearing in the paperwork of Congress. Now the ANU’s Gender Institute Handbook wants…

Aussie Language

20 February 2021 9:00 am

A Speccie reader has asked if it is linguistically permissible to label the tactics of climate catastrophists as ‘brainwashing.’ The…

Aussie Language

13 February 2021 9:00 am

The word of the past decade (2011-2020) is ‘fake news.’ That, at least, is the opinion of the fine folk…

Aussie Language

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The North American Scrabble Players Association, has issued a list of 236 banned words – all deemed to be ‘offensive…

Aussie Lingo

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Every other day some minor celebrity complains of being ‘trolled’ on social media. The answer is to get off social…