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Words from the West: A Glossary of Western Australian Terms

Maureen Brooks and Joan Ritchie. Oxford University Press, 1994. 222 pages. ISBN 0 19 553628 2

This book represents the first attempt to record the words used in, and perhaps peculiar to, a given Australian regional community. It contains some 750 dictionary entries of words found in Western Australian newspapers. The words are defined, and the definitions are supported by quotations from the newspapers.

In compiling this glossary, the editors examined a wide range of Western Australian newspapers covering the various regions within the state, including the North West, the Central Coast, the South West, the Wheatbelt and the Goldfields.

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