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Bogan—from obscurity to Australia’s most productive word?

In this article, reproduced from our latest issue of Ozwords, Mark Gwynn explores the evolution of the Australian English word ‘bogan’.

In the mid 1980s, a new Australian term appeared in youth slang for a person regarded as uneducated and unsophisticated, especially such a person from a working-class background. 693 more words


VMware vCAC Dynamic Property Dictionaries

VMware vCAC Dynamic Property Dictionaries
Hello, Its been a long time since I have blogged about some thing, so I thought, I would make up for it with a small goodie. 21 more words

Week 4 Day 1 - Floundering & Finding A Track

Week 3 Recap: Week 3 was a really floundery kind of week … I didn’t really get a lot done until Thursday, when I pulled an all-nighter, and wrote the first draft of the game project I’m working on now.  291 more words

"Sir, how do you spell..."

I’ve spent the last week thinking about what I was going to write in my first blog post. Don’t misunderstand me; I’ve set this up because I have a few ideas about the things I want to share or comment on, but deciding what to write first is proving to be difficult. 761 more words


Interesting Facts about Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

A short interesting history of Doctor Johnson’s celebrated Dictionary of the English Language

Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary is his crowning achievement: it is more famous than his one novel ( 754 more words


wscottling reblogged this on Willow's Corner and commented:

I find the history of dictionaries fascinating (call me a nerd, it's okay) and I have several older dictionaries, grammars, and lexicons that aren't famous like this. But this is good stuff too.

Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language

Before the Oxford English Dictionary, the English relied on Samuel Johnson‘s two volume work. Published on April 15, 1755, the dictionary was the best of its kind and took Johnson, working solo, nine years to complete. 50 more words

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Let me turn you on to AWAD. That’s short for A.Word.A.Day, put out by Anu Garg. If you are a writer, or a reader, or a person planning to write or read, this daily delving is for you. 501 more words