The following letter was submitted to The Australian for possible inclusion in the edition for Friday 17 October 2014 but it was not selected for publication. The paper seldom publishes criticism of its journalists.
Literary editor's vocabulary confusion
In his front page story on Richard Flanagan’s winning of the Man Booker Prize, literary editor Stephen Romei writes that the author “had been reticent to talk about his father’s influence on the book” (“In dad’s memory: hard labour wins Booker”, 16/10).
The online Macquarie Dictionary warns that the word reticent should not be confused with reluctant. Surely this is what Romei had done here.
This increasingly common misuse erodes the meaning of the very useful word reticent. It is disappointing that someone who is paid to write about literature should add to this widespread confusion.
Early Career Conference 2021
The Early Career Conference in 2021 will be held on 23 October at Wynnum State High School, WYNNUM. The program has been updated to reflect a change in workshop offerings in workshop sessions 2 and 5. Registrations are now open until Saturday 16 October. As networking is an integral part of this day, it is envisaged that it will...
Essential English: Community of Practice 2021
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Grammar PD term 4
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