Pssst. Don’t tell Robyn Archer… Canberra Bashing is going in the dictionary

By 2 March, 2013 5

Crikey are having fun with the news that Oxford’s Australian National Dictionary is adding “Canberra Bashing”:

Canberra bashing – noun: 1 the act of criticising the Australian federal government and its bureaucracy. 2 the act of criticising the city of Canberra or its inhabitants.

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5 Responses to Pssst. Don’t tell Robyn Archer… Canberra Bashing is going in the dictionary
#1
Girt_Hindrance10:45 pm, 02 Mar 13

Fabulous.

#2
OLydia4:05 pm, 03 Mar 13

something wrong here – “Canberra bashing” a noun? Surely its a verb?

#3
DirkDiggler6:16 pm, 03 Mar 13

‘something wrong here – “Canberra bashing” a noun? Surely its a verb?’

It’s a noun phrase containing a proper noun and a gerund.

And you missed an apostrophe, OLydia.

Muphry’s Law strikes again!

DD

#4
Pork Hunt8:38 pm, 03 Mar 13

DirkDiggler said :

‘something wrong here – “Canberra bashing” a noun? Surely its a verb?’

It’s a noun phrase containing a proper noun and a gerund.

And you missed an apostrophe, OLydia.

Muphry’s Law strikes again!

DD

DirkDiggler the Johnny come lately grammar nazi. Oh well, I suppose I was new here once…

#5
LSWCHP9:51 pm, 03 Mar 13

I’ve lived here for over 30 years, so I obviously like the place. Before that I lived in lots of places from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, to Melbourne, so it’s not as if I haven’t seen the alternatives.

I’ve decided that I’m happy to hear about Canberra bashing now, because it comes from the chumps who aren’t lucky enough to live here and who’ve never even visited here.

I hope they all stay away. I just wish they’d stop sending their politicians here, though. Our home grown ones are bad enough.

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