Kate Burridge



Kate Burridge holds the Chair of Linguistics at Monash University and is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Her books include: Euphemism and Dysphemism: Language used as shield and weapon (with Keith Allan), Syntactic Change in Germanic, English in Australia and New Zealand (with Jean Mulder), Blooming English: Observations on the roots, cultivation and hybrids of the English Language, Weeds in the Garden of Words: Further observations on the tangled history of the English language, Forbidden Words: Taboo and the censoring of language (with Keith Allan), Introducing English Grammar (with Kersti Börjars), Gift of the Gob: Morsels of English language history and (with Debbie de Lapps) two VCE textbooks Love the Lingo and Living Lingo.

She is a regular presenter of language segments on radio and has appeared as a panelist on ABC TV's Can We Help?.




In an entertaining analysis with colourful examples from the English language, Kate Burridge talks about what we'd rather NOT talk about: euphemism. Words that shield us against what's embarrassing,...

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