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Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary – macquariedictionary.com.au – was first published in print in 1981 and has been online since 2003. Its reputation has gone from strength to strength. It is regarded as the standard reference on Australian English.
What we like – Macquarie describes language as it is used. The Twitter account itself is an introduction to contemporary Australia, particularly with its Word of the Year (more about that below).
“Other dictionaries may be prescriptive and proscriptive, but that is not what Macquarie is trying to do,” tweets @ohpointybird.
Each year they announce a public game in January to choose the best word of the previous year. Voting is open for a few weeks. Full details online Word of the year.
Most frequent complaint – “Can’t tell the difference between a term and a word. 2 words put together is not a whole new word.”
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