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Naughty bits, A K Grant

A Dictionary of Modern New Zealand Slang  ed Harry Orsman Oxford University Press, $24.95, ISBN 0 19 558408 2 Harry Orsman achieved semi-divine status among New Zealand scholars with the publication of his highly-acclaimed Dictionary of New Zealand English. But…
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When the conversation lollies run out, Patrick Evans

The Dictionary of New Zealand English: New Zealand words and their origins ed H W Orsman Oxford University Press, $150.00, ISBN 0 19 558347 7 It is nearly 20 years since I and a number of fellow conference-goers spent an…
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The logology of aa to zz, Howard Warner

The Dictionary of Two‑Letter Words in English Jeff Grant Glenda Foster, no price given, no ISBN Available from the author, Waipatu Settlement Road, RD2, Hastings Did you know that the American spelling “ax” existed in English long before “axe” did?…
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Exploding the myths of newzilnspeak, David Britain

Kiwitalk: Sociolinguistics and New Zealand Society Donn Bayard Dunmore Press, $39.95 ISBN 0 86469 220 X Among the many revolutions that took place in New Zealand in the 1980s, one was sociolinguistic. Twenty years ago, very little had been written…
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Keeping the specs clean, Janet Holmes

Every researcher has a responsibility to the wider community, although the best way of meeting that responsibility will vary. It may mean illuminating our teaching with information from our research, it may involve sharing the intellectual excitement of the research…
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Wincing and reading on, Barbara Mabbett

Style Book: a guide for New Zealand writers and editors Derek Wallace and Janet Hughes, (revised and expanded) GP Publications, $29.95 ISBN 1 86956 123 6 The word “style”, occupying as it does several columns of the Big Oxford, can…
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Kei Te Mātāwai Te Tikanga, Charles Royal

Te Mātāwai, Nā Hepora Young o Te Arawā ēnei pukapuka i whakahaere Hepora Young Tuatahi: Te Tira Ahu Iwi/ Daphne Brasell Associates, $12.95, Tuarua: Te Tira Ahu Iwi/ Huia, $14.95, Tuatoru: Te Puni Kōkiri/ Huia, $14.95, Tuawhā: Te Puni Kōkiri/…
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A multi‑media resource, Patrick King

Te Māhuri John C Moorfield, Longman Paul, $49.95 The first textbook of the Māori language published in New Zealand was Thomas Kendall’s A Korao no New Zealand; or the New Zealander’s First Book; being an attempt to compose some lessons…
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