Percy Sledge and cricket

by Julia Robinson

images-1Percy Sledge, the American R&B singer who shot to fame in the 1960s with the hit song When a Man loves a Woman, died this week. He seems an unlikely person to be associated with Australian English, especially with a term used in the quintessentially colonial game of cricket. But there is a purported connection, even though it is doubtful.

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Big stoush (Word of the Month for April 2015)

Big Stoush

by the ANDC team

The Oxford Word of the Month is written by members of the Australian National Dictionary Centre and published each month by Oxford University Press Australia. Each Word of the Month looks at an Australian word or term in some detail, providing a history of the term and its role in current Australian society. If you wish to receive Word of the Month by email you can subscribe at the Oxford University Press Australia website.

Our Word of the Month for April 2015 is ‘big stoush’: the First World War. ‘Big stoush’ was used briefly in Australian English to refer to this war, and derives from another Australian sense of ‘stoush’ meaning ‘to punch, strike, or thrash a person’. You can read the full Word of the Month in PDF form on our website or read it in an online format.