"When media gets drunk on absurdity and tries to tell us we’re the ones who sound drunk" with Greg Dickson, Debbie Loakes, Josh Clothier, Ilana Mushin and Rachel Nordlinger
Earlier this week, The Age published some commentary about Australian English and other language matters, introducing to the nation, and subsequently the world, the idea that, among other things, Australians sound like we do because of alcoholism in early colonial Australia.
We tried our best to ignore the story but it's proven difficult. Shortly after publication, radio picked up on the story. Radio National and 3AW booked the article's author in for interviews. By Wednesday, Dean Frenkel was doing interviews with news.com.au and the story was breaking internationally.