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03 November 2012 @ 09:32 pm
Changing the world, one letter at a time  
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard can point to any number of things she's accomplished during her lifetime, but the most recent is the most surprising - and gratifying - of them all. How many PMs can point to the change of meaning of a word as one of their accomplishments?

Both the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary and the Macquarie Dictionary have redefined the word "misogyny", thanks to Julia. The Cambridge dictionary has extended the definition from "hatred of women" to "feelings of hating women, or the belief that men are much better than women" while the Macquarie Dictionary has also decided to broaden its definition to include a deep prejudice against women.

The change is due to Julia's smackdown of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in Parliament last month - seen here in all its glory. I was clapping and cheering through most of it.
 
 
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byslantedlight: WomenofCI5 (myrebelcat)byslantedlight on November 3rd, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
Excellent - well done, that woman! Ace enough that she pointed it out for all to see, even better that people have acted on it! *g*
miwahnimiwahni on November 3rd, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
Wasn't she brilliant!
Merlin Pendragon: Hiver - are we there yet?mrlnpndrgn on November 3rd, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Can't see the video :-(

Applauding all the same!
miwahnimiwahni on November 3rd, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
Found another version of it on Vimeo, although it focuses on Tony Abbott's face rather than JG but her words still ring clearly through - http://vimeo.com/51334465 . I hope this one works for you.
Merlin Pendragon: Quebecmrlnpndrgn on November 3rd, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can see this one.
Thanks.



Err... though the words are clear, I'm having a bit of trouble with the accent ;-(

miwahnimiwahni on November 3rd, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
What accent? LOL!
I'm sorry you're struggling with it; I can't find a sub-titled version of it anywhere.
Merlin Pendragon: Pont de Québecmrlnpndrgn on November 3rd, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
What accent? LOL!


I shouldn't talk about accent ;-(

Don't worry about it : I can't understand her, no problem :-)
I just couldn't resist....
miwahnimiwahni on November 3rd, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
She does have a very broad accent, commonly referred to as "Strine" (a corruption of "Australian") Pity, as it's bloody brilliant.
Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on November 3rd, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
From time to time, I watch "House Hunters International". And from time to time, it's in Australia.

Believe me, I can understand her!
miwahnimiwahni on November 3rd, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, sorry, in your last comment I took you seriously, didn't realise you were making a joke. In my defence, it's late (or early - 12.24am) and I'm tired....
Merlin Pendragon: Québec la nuitmrlnpndrgn on November 3rd, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
No problem ;-)

It was probably my accent's fault :-)
miwahnimiwahni on November 3rd, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
LOL!
Merlin Pendragon: Quebecmrlnpndrgn on November 3rd, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Really ;-)

If you're curious, quite a while ago, mirabile_dictu had a post about registering one's voice reading English words.

Mine is still there : http://soundcloud.com/laubla99

Really sorry 'bout this ;-(

miwahnimiwahni on November 5th, 2012 10:08 am (UTC)
That was really interesting! Even if I didn't know where you were from, I'd have said French anyway, but whether Quebec French and French French sound different to each other I wouldn't know.
Merlin Pendragon: Quebecmrlnpndrgn on November 5th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
Even if I didn't know where you were from, I'd have said French anyway,

Yes, I can't hide it :-/


whether Quebec French and French French sound different to each other I wouldn't know.

Just ask any French person; they'll tell you we Quebecers don't speak French ;-/

Just as in France, accents here varies between regions and social strata. Plus we have our own version of slang, which French don't understand. It's much worse than an accent; it's practically a different language...
Merlin Pendragonmrlnpndrgn on November 3rd, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
Oops, sorry : I meant "I can understand her" ...

Fingers dyslexia... maybe...
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FANTASTICdraycevixen on November 3rd, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)

How brilliant.
miwahnimiwahni on November 3rd, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
Isn't it, though. I just want every woman in Australia to see this.