Author(s): Susan Butler
Only dead languages don't change; living ones change all the time. From aitch to amazeballs, from mondegreens to man boobs, there is no topic too controversial or complex for Australia's most influential editor, Susan Butler. Sue, long-time editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, takes you on an insightful, often hilarious exploration of the words you think you know and a few you've never heard. She looks at why we keep changing our pronunciation of Beijing, when to use a hyphen, why we really should just take a stand and ban the apostrophe, and why saying 'Haitch' once meant social death in certain circles. This beautifully designed, quirky gift book is sure to delight word lovers and language aficionados from Melbourne to Mooloolaba.
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.