Kel Richards

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22 June 2024 9:00 am

My thanks to Speccie reader Ian from Cairns for suggesting that the members of the Albanese government are post turtles.…

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15 June 2024 9:00 am

A Speccie reader asks for a word that explains the obsessions of the woke around us. Looking for a single…

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8 June 2024 9:00 am

This is an appeal to Speccie readers to join a modest campaign to ban the use of ‘begs the question’.…

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1 June 2024 9:00 am

Here’s one to add to your Weird Word collection: ‘empleomania’. This is a mania for holding public office. and there…

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25 May 2024 9:00 am

The word ‘colonialism’ has become (at least for some people) a ‘snarl word’ – something that is always bad, and…

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18 May 2024 9:00 am

If your younger acquaintances start referring to you (or anything you do) as ‘mid’ they are not being polite. For…

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11 May 2024 9:00 am

Speccie reader Terry writes to ask when and where did ‘non-binary’ come into the language – and who applied it…

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4 May 2024 9:00 am

The expression ‘non-racist’ is still missing from most of the world’s major dictionaries (Oxford, Merriam-Webster, Collins, Macquarie) but perhaps this…

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27 April 2024 9:00 am

Writing in the current issue of Quadrant magazine, Paul Prociv says, ‘The field of Aboriginal affairs is awash with sloppy…

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20 April 2024 9:00 am

The University of Chicago has what it calls a ‘Parrhesia Program for Public Discourse’ – aimed at teaching students to…

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13 April 2024 9:00 am

We all know what it means when someone is said to have been ‘thrown under the bus’ by their colleagues…

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6 April 2024 9:00 am

Raymond from Nedlands, WA, asks for the meaning of ‘identity politics’. Searching through various sources, I can provide a one-word…

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30 March 2024 9:00 am

We wordsmiths have a principle that ‘a text without a context is a pretext’. This matters because of what some…

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23 March 2024 9:00 am

In last week’s edition of The Speccie our esteemed editor repeated a widely believed urban myth about the origin of…

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16 March 2024 9:00 am

When we use Old Aussie we might call a bloke a ‘cove’ – but why? Why is an adult male…

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9 March 2024 9:00 am

Adam, a Speccie reader, asks about the familiar expression ‘face the music’ – meaning to face up to the consequences…

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2 March 2024 9:00 am

As if the sheer horrors of the Hamas attacks on Israel weren’t bad enough, now someone has coined the expression…

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24 February 2024 9:00 am

Is the great old Aussie word ‘bloke’ an offensive word? The army thinks it is. Writing in the Daily Telegraph…

The puppet masters

17 February 2024 9:00 am

Among the Western democracies there are increasing signs that things are falling apart – our governments no longer know what…

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10 February 2024 9:00 am

The expression ‘culture wars’ is having a flush of popularity just now, but it is surprisingly old. Recorded in English…

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3 February 2024 9:00 am

A headline worth sharing. When King Charles went into hospital to have repair work done on his prostate, Associated Press…

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27 January 2024 9:00 am

A teacher in America has raised a minor storm in a teacup by banning from the classroom current hip and…

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20 January 2024 9:00 am

They keep inventing new, so-called ‘phobias’, don’t they? The latest is ‘fatphobia’. A new book has been published called Unshrinking:…

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13 January 2024 9:00 am

Raymond, a Speccie reader, has coined a new (and possibly very useful) word: ‘twistory’. This neologism is another portmanteau word,…

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6 January 2024 9:00 am

A Speccie reader in Canberra (what has he done to deserve capital punishment?) asks the origin of the latest label…