Footwear in Australian English

Oz shoe

by Mark Gwynn

There are a number of terms in Australian English related to footwear. Several of these are associated with footwear worn originally by workers in rural areas of Australia, where sturdy boots were necessary in industries such as farming and droving, and for working in rugged outback terrain. Our beach culture too has generated terms for boots and shoes. A number of Australianisms related to footwear are discussed below. Continue reading

Spill (Word of the Month for May 2015)



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 May 2015 is ‘spill’: the deliberate creation of vacant positions in a cabinet, political party, or organisation. This Australian sense of ‘spill’ goes back to the 1940s, and describes a common phenomenon in Australian politics. You can read the full Word of the Month in PDF form on our website or read it in an online format.