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The Australian National Dictionary: Australian Words and Their Origins (Second Edition)
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Bruce Moore (Editor)
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The Australian National Dictionary: Australian Words and Their Origins (Second Edition)

Bruce Moore (Editor)


Oxford University Press

Language: reference & general;
Language: history & general works;
Historical & comparative linguistics;
Reference works


1600 pages

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The Australian National Dictionary is a dictionary of Australianisms. The first edition of the dictionary was published in 1988 and contained around 10,000 headwords, compounds, idioms and derivatives. In this second edition the dictionary now contains over 16,000.

It includes words and meanings that have originated in Australia, that have a greater currency within Australia than elsewhere, or that have a special significance in Australian history. They include historical terms from the convict era, the gold rushes, farming, and the experience of war, colloquial terms, including rhyming slang and numerous lively and colourful idioms, regional terms from different states and territories terms from Aboriginal English, a major dialect of Australian English.

The Australian National Dictionary differs from general dictionaries in being based on historical principles, in the manner of the comprehensive Oxford English Dictionary.

The aim of this second edition is to chart the historical development of Australian words - the definitions begin with the oldest sense and move through to the most recent sense. As part of this history, it includes all obsolete words and all obsolete senses; because it is concerned with the complete history of a word, the historical dictionary places more emphasis on the etymology of a word than does the general dictionary.

There is detailed information on the origins of these Australian words, including comprehensive coverage of more than 550 words that have been borrowed from 100 Aboriginal languages. Quotations from books, newspapers, diaries, etc., show how words have been used over time. More than 123,000 quotations illustrate the entries.

New entries cover all aspects of Australian life, history, culture, and values, as indicated by this brief list:
ambo, barbecue stopper, bogan, budgie smugglers, bunny rug, captain's pick, chiko roll, chook lit, chroming, copha, corkie, couldn't run a chook raffle, do a Bradbury, drop bear, fairy bread, firie, goon bag, grommet, hip-pocket nerve, hornbag, humidicrib, karak, land of the fair go, marn grook, negative gearing, not happy Jan, pizzling, reg grundies, schmick, schoolies' week, seachanger, secret women's business, shirt-front, skippy, songline, spunk rat, trackie daks, ute muster, welcome to country.

The Australian National Dictionary is the only comprehensive, historically based record of the words and meanings that make up Australian English. It is a unique lexical map of Australian history and culture.

This beautifully produced edition is an absolutely wonderful enrichment to any Australian home filled with books and the love of reading.

Edited by:   Bruce Moore (Editor)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 285mm,  Width: 223mm,  Spine: 97mm
Weight:   4.526kg
ISBN:   9780195550269
ISBN 10:   0195550269
Pages:   1600
Publication Date:   July 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr Bruce Moore Director of Australian National Dictionary Centre 1994 to 2011 Moore edited many of Oxford Australias synchronic dictionaries, including the Australian Oxford Dictionary (1st and 2nd editions), the Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary (3rd, 4th and 5th editions), and the Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th editions). Moore is also the author of several monographs, most notably Speaking our Language: the Story of Australian English (2008). Australian National Dictionary 2e complied at the Australian National Dictionary Centre at the Australian National University under the guidance of Amanda Laugesen the current Director. The Centre, established in 1988, is a joint venture of the Australian National University and Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand.

The editors of the new Australian National Dictionary have magnificently recorded what must surely be the richest vernacular in the history of human utterance * Barry Humphries, Times Literary Supplement *

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