Aussie Life

Aussie life

25 May 2024 9:00 am

It is a point of principle for the residents of the smarter parts of Manhattan not to notice – and…

Language

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…

Language

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…

Aussie life

11 May 2024 9:00 am

As the terrible events in Bondi Junction last month reminded us, fortune doesn’t always favour the brave. Indeed, the courage…

Language

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…

Aussie life

4 May 2024 9:00 am

From a nation that gave us riot police, rude waiters, baguettes and non-negotiable submarine contracts we have a new word,…

Language

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…

Aussie Life

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Almost exactly 50 years before James Cook’s first encounter with the Gweagal and Gameygal peoples on the shores of what…

Language

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…

Kiwi life

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Softly, softly, catchee monkey – the alphabet community’s grab for our children Somewhat naively, a New Zealand commentator thinks there’s…

Language

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…

Aussie life

13 April 2024 9:00 am

It’s been a long time since the beer garden of the iconic Oaks Hotel in Sydney’s Neutral Bay lost all…

Language

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…

Language

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…

Aussie life

30 March 2024 9:00 am

Memory is tricky. Wandering the Paris end of Collins street sipping espresso, waving to paroled Extinction Rebellion protesters, and thinking…

Language

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…

Aussie life

23 March 2024 9:00 am

Which part of ‘No thanks’, many Australians may be wondering, does our Prime Minister not understand? Six months after the…

Language

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…

Aussie life

16 March 2024 9:00 am

Much has been written of Australian soccer captain Sam Kerr’s big night out in the back of a London cab.…

Language

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…

Aussie life

9 March 2024 9:00 am

The Banksy retrospective which has been drawing modest crowds to the basement of Sydney Town Hall in recent weeks is…

Language

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…

Aussie life

2 March 2024 9:00 am

In a provincial Victorian city a vast brooding monolith has recently obtruded itself into the ‘built environment’, usurping the church…

Language

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…

Aussie life

24 February 2024 9:00 am

Surprisingly, perhaps, it was only 20 years after the Union flag was first raised in Sydney Cove that white Australians…