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Second gentleman, sapiosexual and long-hauler: New words added to Mirriam-Webster dictionary

So how does a word or a revised definition of a word qualify for entry in the dictionary? Emily Brewster, a senior editor from Merriam-Webster, says the lexicographers have criteria that are somewhat flexible. “In order for a word to be considered for entry in our dictionaries, we have to …

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A failed freezer forced Seattle hospital to rush to give out vaccines

Seattle hospitals rushed out COVID-19 vaccines to hundreds of people in the middle of the night after a freezer they were being stored in failed. It’s not clear what caused the freezer failure on Thursday night, but the UW Medical Centre’s Northwest and Montlake campuses and Swedish Medical Centre received …

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Unions’ ‘For the Workers’ campaign takes fight to Morrison’s industrial overhaul

Loading Australian Council of Trade Unions president Michele O’Neil said, while unions would assess the ads after a week in the marginal seats, the ACTU would “absolutely” keep its campaign running until the next election if the government pushes ahead with its overhaul. “The government has listened to the more …

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Return to a bush oasis, one year after the fires

Each of us in our small party, made up of friends and their various connections, stakes out a claim on our allocated patch of dirt and sets up a colourful collection of camper trailers, tents and swags. Six of us take half an hour to assemble the shade pergola as …

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Kangaroos and Barnesy: Former detainee Moz Azimitabar’s first days of freedom

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size On his first day of freedom, Mostafa “Moz” Azimitabar found himself face to face with a mob of kangaroos on the outskirts of Melbourne. “I talked with the kangaroos,” he laughs. “I said ‘how are you?’.” He rushes on, in his lyrical …

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Behind the curtain: meet the writers shaping local TV in 2021

The End is a co-production between Foxtel and Sky UK and has many diehard TV fans reaching for the remote – and not just because it stars Dame Harriet Walter. The show is the brainchild of Samantha Strauss, best known for co-creating teen hit Dance Academy, and tackles complex topics …

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All eyes on RBA as Sydney house prices soar

The Reserve Bank cut the cash rate to 0.1 per cent last year as it tried to stimulate the economy after the coronavirus shock, when unemployment soared and consumer confidence plummeted. Economists say the resulting collapse in interest rates has been one of the biggest drivers of the property market. …

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The game that hedge funds want to stop

But GameStop exploded instead. At one point, its shares were worth more than 100 times their value last August – and some hedge funds bought more to offset their shorting losses. Redditors made the equally daggy AMC cinemas and even the venerable BlackBerry surge as well, surprisingly – who knew …

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Endangered animals bounce back on rat-free Lord Howe Island

A woodhen being released after the rat eradication. Fears that the woodhen might succumb to the baiting program that was carried out between June and July in 2019 caused some islanders to campaign against the effort, and prompted scientists to capture and keep them in captivity as the rats were …

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The big crash: Seven’s BBL audience slumps 10pc amid CA stoush

OzTAM figures show there was a small decline of six per cent in BBL audiences nationally, down from 988,000 to 931,000, but CA says there has been 4 per cent growth in year-on-year ratings once TV and streaming numbers are combined. Seven, however, has missed out, with national numbers down …

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