Roland Denis Sussex OAM is Emeritus Professor of Applied Language Studies at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies of the University of Queensland, in Brisbane.
I’ve attended several presentations by Roly Sussex over the years – on occasion having even blogged about them- and have always found the linguist willing to share fascinating stories and knowledge whilst remaining the kind of bloke you would be happy to chat with over a wine at a barbeque.
In an article published in The Guardian dated 21st April, Roly shares some of the latest new Australian expressions being considered for inclusion in the Macquarie Dictionary.
The Macquarie Dictionary’s managing editor, Victoria Morgan states that “Each month we choose five from our words-to-watch list that have been submitted either by the public or by us.”
Roly provides the following terms selected for April :
Gendy nooch – meaning gender-neutral
Cozzie liv – cost of living
Murder noodle – a venemous snake
Tiger Toast – toast with a topping of Vegemite and strips of cheese
Password child – a child favoured over their siblings, as shown by their name being used in a parent’s digital password.
In all honesty I’m leaning towards being appalled as opposed to acknowledging the creativity. What about you?
Demystifying Australian Language