Is Australian slang carking it? Dying, that is.

One lexicographer is seeing fewer Aussie terms than ever in contemporary slang. Words are always going in and out of fashion, but if the Aussie lingo is changing, can we see what it’s changing into?

Linguist Daniel Midgley gives it a burl on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

How arbitrary is language? English words structured to help kids learn

The paper itself

Linguists Tony Thorne and John Hajek say Australian slang is not what it used to be

The Dictionary of Contemporary Slang

“nose to the grindstone”

Here is a list of Australian slang. If you’re Australian, here is a list comprised partly of normal words, and partly of quaint parochialisms.

The rise and fall of Australian slang

Or are Australians taking themselves more seriously?

Reasons some Australians give for not using slang.

Ben was curious about the proportion of workers in various sectors. The stats show that people in the production sector have diminished a lot since 1966, and service industries way up.!OpenDocument

Rob Pensalfini thinks we should be looking to marginalised communities for our new slang.

Many Australian slang words are actually British or Irish.

Like ‘bludger’

Vale comes from Latin ‘valeo’

It’s related to value, valor, and valiant.

RIP for ‘Rest in Peace’ (or requiēscat in pāce) seems more informal, and used for people known to the speaker.

Show tunes

‘Love’ by Hamjam
from the EP Love

‘She Fell into a Safe Pair of Hands’ by Split Seconds
from the album Neil Young and Dumb