Mark Gwynn is a senior researcher at the Australian National Dictionary Centre.

Mark has written about various aspects of lexicography and Australian English.

He is the editor of more than 30 dictionaries published by Oxford University Press. Mark was a co-editor of the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary (2016), which defines and traces the history of some 16,000 Australian words and phrases. He is currently working on the third edition of this dictionary and also researching the history and vocabulary of Australian rhyming slang.

Fields of expertise



‘Shoeys’ have been around for years, but where did the word come from?

Singer, actor and 2023 Grammy Award winner Harry Styles recently made headlines around the world for doing a…

27 February 2023


Australia’s 2022 Word of the Year revealed

teal: adjective: of or relating to an independent political candidate or politician who advocates for greater integrity in parliament…

23 November 2022


Why language could be crucial in the lead up to election day

From “Manchurian candidate” accusations to talk of “wedge politics”, Australians are already being served up a taste of…


Iso picked as ‘typically Aussie’ Word of the Year

Iso: self-isolation; the act of remaining apart from others as a way to limit the spread of an infectious disease,…

17 November 2020

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