By Donna Ambler on 28 February 2013
It happens every few years - we grow tired of the clutter in the garage and the kids grow out of their toys. So we place an ad in the paper and hold a garage sale. It's a brave move really. Having helped a friend with a seriously big (leaving town big) garage sale a few weeks ago, I've remembered that by 7am this Saturday there will be people picking through my things and deciding they're not worth a lousy dollar.
By Donna Ambler on 11 February 2013
You’ve got to love the words that are added to our vocabularies and dictionaries each year – some of them are absolute rippers! While the 2012 Word of the Year from the American Dialect Society was hashtag and most of the entries were nouns, my favourite on the list is the verb mansplaining. Put simply, mansplaining is something you might see at a conference or meeting – it’s a man’s condescending explanation to a female audience. And when a man mansplains, he probably even talks slowly to make sure his audience can understand!
I have to admit I'd never heard of mansplaining before today, but I do believe I've experienced it. It became quite a phenomenon in Australia last year when Tony Abbott was called to defend the characteristics our Prime Minister described as mysoginistic. Comments he made suggesting he couldn't be sexist because he has daughters were amongst his attempts at mansplaining.