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Broken English


A bloke told me that he’s “lucked out” today and then went on to telly me how lucky he was. When you said you “lucked out” it USED to mean you were unlucky, as in, “ran out of luck”. Now it means the opposite. It turns out that the Americans have always used the phrase […]

Word Up


The words “homophobia” and “homophobic” really bother me because they’re inaccurate. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a ‘phobia’ as “an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something”. People who are homophobic aren’t scared or averse to homosexuals, they just hate them. People are said to suffer from a phobia. Are homophobic people suffering? […]

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word ‘sacrifice’ as, “an act of surrendering a possession or slaughtering an animal as an offering to a deity”. We sacrificed  a lot in 1993, so that I could study full time at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. I quit my job and without my wages, it […]

There are not enough words. In 1972, the band ‘America’ had a hit with a song called “A Horse with No Name”. The song describes a horse ride through a desert. Not only does the horse not have a name but the descriptions of what’s in the desert are pretty vague as well, “there were […]