The Aitch Factor

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Macmillan Publishers Aus., Aug 1, 2014 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 300 pages
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Living languages change all the time, but many of us wish they didn't.

For thirty years, Macquarie Dictionary editor Susan Butler has been in the front row watching Australians alternatively defend, reject, embrace and argue heatedly about every aspect of language usage. She has witnessed crusades against 'youse', ducked the missiles over the phrase 'man boobs', pondered the changing pronunciation of 'Beijing', recorded - controversially - the evolving meaning of 'misogyny' and wondered why on earth we still cling to the grammarian's flourish known as the apostrophe.

Drawing on her own depth of experience, community consultation and the odd letter of outrage, Butler chronicles her unique adventures with the wonderfully malleable but strangely resilient beast known as the English language, and pays particular attention to the way Australians have trained it to fit their circumstances.
Entertaining, insightful and occasionally irreverent, The Aitch Factor is the perfect book for word warriors, punctuation pedants and everyday lovers of language.

 

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Some very interesting reading here, written by the editor of the Macquarie Dictionary. All about words and how we use them. Words we use everyday, words some of us would never use, some words we've ... Read full review

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Contents

Cover
Australian values
Bush
Digger
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2014)

Susan Butler is the Editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, Australia's national dictionary, and, as Editor, is largely responsible for the selection and writing of new words. She has been Publisher since the early 80s. In late 2013 the Sixth Edition of the dictionary was published, with a revised and updated range of dictionaries in print, online and in digital and app forms. When one edition is published she immediately begins the next, so work has begun on the Seventh Edition.

Susan has written the Dinkum Dictionary, published in its third edition in 2009. She is also a regular commentator on Australian English on radio, television and the internet.

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