Language is not fixed and meaning is what people make it.
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While a lot of slang words come and go ('good riddance', 'amazeballs'), others endure. And exactly why that happens is something of a mystery.
All over the world, people are trying to boil down their experiences of 2016 into a single word. The results speak for themselves.
Go ahead, just let off some steam.
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With the taboo on swearing loosening over the past few decades, will profanity lose its effectiveness in spoken language?
Balga is the Noongar name for the grass tree - seen here in the Flinders Ranges.
Words from 100 Indigenous languages are in the new edition of the Australian National Dictionary – reflecting a heightened interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
ICYMI, the ‘air-punch’ has made it into the Oxford English Dictionary.
From 'shiok' to 'narcocorrido' to 'sweary', the OED's new words are a linguistic smorgasbord. They include, for the first time, entries from Singapore and Hong Kong English - and an expression dating back to 1723.