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Mapping Words Around Australia

As part of the Linguistics Roadshow, we put together a short survey on some Australian English vocabulary. We invited people to fill it in and tell us which words they prefer for particular things,…

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Thanks to Kirsty Taylor for posting this article on Facebook. I tell you, I went into the wrong field. I should’ve gone into linguistics. I love to read articles like this. Usually, I post about the differences in American or British vocabulary or accents, but Kirsty has provided this link to differences found in Australia. It’s still all English, my friends! It’s interesting to see these patterns of terms used around the country. And my New Jersey answer for the question of "does ‘dance’ rhyme with ‘aunts’ or ‘pants’", I say both! LOL  


Take a look at this, and see where you might fit in with your use of English. It’s another example of how there really is no such thing as "global English", and that we need to pay attention to localized language. 


What’s your reaction to this? Include your comments below. 




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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

One thought on “Mapping Words Around Australia

  1. What’s my reaction? It’s similar to yours: I find it both entertaining and fascinating. It’s a wonder that we English-speakers can communicate with each other at all.

    This reminded me of a similar piece about American dialects, in case you missed it.

    By the way: I grew up in New Jersey and have lived most of my adult life in North Carolina. And wherever I go, “pants” rhymes with both “aunts” and “dance.” 🙂

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