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If you're even slightly interested in the history of Australian English, read this: (by lexicographer Jonathon Green)


I have been dabbling – juste-est of mots – in the world of 1840s Australia. The dictionary may have been published but the database’s appetite for new material, or in this case old material, is unsatable  and a friend in SlangWorld recently reminded me that Australia’s earliest newspapers for the period are now online. There are many thereof, and many long since gone. The Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen’s Land Advertiser and the Alexandra and Yea Standard and Yarck, Gobur, Thornton and Acheron Express will delight their readers no more. Nor yet The People’s Advocate and New South Wales Vindicator.  But there are plenty to explore.


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