Roslyn Petelin is course coordinator of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) WRITE101x English Grammar and Style at the The University of Queensland. She edited the Australian Journal of Communication from 1988-2013, and in 2016 Allen & Unwin published her latest book, How Writing Works: A Field Guide to Effective Writing.
You may not have used many of the colourful – sometimes ridiculous – terms shortlisted for the Macquarie Dictionary’s word of the year, but chances are you’ve experienced the effect of some of them, writes Roslyn Petelin.
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