"Bonza", "sanga" and "bogan" are just some
examples of the Australian vernacular being considered for inclusion in
the next version of Microsoft Office 2007.
Microsoft Australia has given a panel of Australian experts
the task of identifying unique local words that could be
included in the next version of the Office suite.
The panel includes founding member of the editorial committee
of the Macquarie Dictionary, David Blair, sports writer Peter
FitzSimons, radio host Adam Spencer, columnist Ruth Wajnryb and
the director of Microsoft Australia's information business group, Tony Wilkinson.
Other candidate words include: ridgy-didge, trackies, woomera,
Bradman, Phar Lap and sheila.
"While Office features an already comprehensive Australian
spelling option, based on the Macquarie dictionary, we felt that
many commonly used Aussie words were being left out. We
approached the Office 2007 development team and they agreed to
include a selection of new Aussie words. So we called together a
panel of leading experts on Australian language to help us start
to make our selection," said Wilkinson.
The public can vote on the words suggested by the panel via
The words to be included will be announced in June, according to