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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Misogyny. Did the Prime Minister perhaps use the wrong word. Why did Macquarie dictionary say they were going to change the meaning?

The word misogyny has certainly received a lot of airtime recently. I personally didn’t know what the word meant and when I ask others, they didn’t know either. Macquarie has decided to broaden the meaning of the word but you have to ask the question why?

If I check the Oxford online, British and American language editions, there is no broader meaning. If I check the Merriam Webster online for American use there is no broader definition there either. Just that misogyny is the hatred of women.

Could it be in the thrust and pary of politics perhaps Julia used a word that wasn’t most appropriate.

If you want to check the meaning (or spelling) of words in Australian English you can use the page I provide If you’d like the check the American English meaning or spelling I now provide a free online American English spellcheck dictionary which provides a link to enable you to look up the meaning of a word at

Please enjoy.

Kelvin Eldridge
The creator of The Preferred Australian English Spellcheck Dictionary.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Australian dictionary online

If you’re looking for a free online Australian dictionary, visit the Preferred Australian English dictionary page. Enter the word you wish to check. The spelling is checked and you’ll be presented with a list of suggestions where you can click on a link and check the meaning for a word.

The preferred Australian English dictionary is the only free online dictionary which provides the preferred Australian English spelling. Don’t fall into the trap of using a free online American dictionary as the local primary school has done. That doesn’t help anyone. Use the preferred Australian English spelling.

Kelvin Eldridge
Creator of the preferred Australian English dictionary.


Reports from people they can't find the free Australian dictionary using Google

Until recently over a thousand people a week were able to search for and find the only Australian dictionary which provided the  preferred Australian English spelling for free. It appears Google may have updated their search algorithm which has caused the site to disappear from their search results.

Unfortunately there is nothing I can do. If even a small percentage of people who used the dictionary provided a link to the page this would let Google know they feel the page is important. My logs unfortunately suggest almost no one bothers to provide a link, but people use the dictionary and disappear. That’s normally OK but unfortunately without giving something back such as a link Google is not able to tell how important the dictionary is to others.

I’ve found Google as a search engine is getting worse and worse. They provide distorted results pushing their own agenda to the top and (maps, local listings, etc.) and more recently people find their own pages and pages they’ve visited closer to the top which makes them think they are doing better in Google results than they are.

I find it quite amazing how Google operates. Over 50,000-100,000 people a year have been using the dictionary I provide and now people can’t find it.


If you want to find the dictionary you may wish to use Bing. The page is the second in the results. A better approach is to use JustLocal ( where you’ll find the Australian Dictionary plus many of my other tools.

Sorry to everyone for the inconvenience. Unfortunately I can’t control what Google does and you never know when they are going to change things. Best to bookmark the page if you’re using a desktop computer or if you’re using a mobile phone, add an icon to your home screen.

It is always possible the page may return to Google search results. I’ve seen pages disappear and return in Google in the past. With Google you never know what to expect.

Kelvin Eldridge
Creator and maintainer of the preferred Australian English spelling dictionary.