Awful author’s alliterative revival

If you thought that Mark Latham turned a good phrase of insult with things like “a conga line of suckholes”, then you’re going to like Amanda McKittrick Ros. However, while you may like her style of insult, you probably won’t like anything else she wrote. Ros was an...

Suckholes sounds good but should you read it

The former Opposition leader and all round bovver-boy Mark Latham has released another book. He proudly points out that this is his seventh book, which ranks him ninth according to the number of books Australian parliamentarians have produced. He must be so proud....

It’s the way they tell ‘em

I really can’t let this one go by, especially as it was originally brought up by a rather stridently vocal reader of The Word. I’m sure you’re all well aware of the Pope’s recent forays into the arena of public speaking. Benedict XVI gave a lecture at a German...

A free and neutral internet

Freedom of speech can be an issue in more ways than just being prevented from speaking your mind. Freedom of speech is not just about being able to say what you want, safe in the knowledge that anyone else can say what they want in return. It’s also about being...

Anniversarial word smithery

When it comes to using words in ways that seem to make the absurd an artform, there’s really no competition for politicians and religious leaders. There’s been an awful lot of rhetoric and word smithery going on over the last couple of days as people reflect on five...