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Diggerspeak: The Language of Australians at War

Amanda Laugesen. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0 19 555182 6.

Wars have been highly significant in the development of Australian English, generating new words and meanings. Rather than a collection of military slang or jargon, this dictionary draws together the diverse words produced and used by ordinary Australians at war, and examines their ongoing and contemporary usage. The language of Australians at war reveals a great deal about the experiences and understanding of war and is also a fascinating insight into Australian culture and values.

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