"... a genuine piece of scholarship by one who is an appropriately
qualified editorial specialist who has worked in the Antarctic...
The volume is well produced by CSIRO and the Museum of Victoria,
both institutions with a long history of quality publication."
"An important addition to any Antarctic collection."
--D.W. Heron "Choice "
"Australia's love affair with Antarctica has been commemorated in
the world's first dictionary of Antarctic English ... Apart from
the intrinsic pleasure of using expressions such as "donga" (a
transportable dwelling), "big eye" (insomnia caused by 24-hour
sunlight), "jolly" (a recreational trip) and "homers" (home-brewed
beer), the dictionary also acts as a linguistic guide to the
history of Antarctic exploration."
Mark Chipperfield (The Bulletin, 9 January 2001)--Mark Chipperfield
"I cannot imagine any 'Antarcticist' not finding value and
enlightenment in this volume ..."
David W. H. Walton (Antarctic Science, 2001)-- (01/01/2001)
"I found the book fun to browse, especially as there are many
supporting citations for each entry, so that the text as a whole
builds up a fascinating picture of Antarctic exploration."
"If there is there any dictionary of English which I would want by
my bedside, it would be this one. It is fascinating from start to
finish, not just for a linguist or lexicographer but anyone who
wants to experience the Antarctic through the lexis it has inspired
and through the words of those who have been there. Perhaps this is
the first post-modern dictionary in which the dictionary becomes an
--Koenraad Kuiper "International Journal of Lexicography "
"Take a slow browse, especially through the recently dated,
well-sourced quotations that are very readable."
"The dazzling glitter of 20,000 quotations amid 2000 headwords
prompts a search for dark glasses. In fact, The Antarctic
Dictionary can be enjoyed bare-eyed and bare-handed at poolside ...
As with all vigorous tributaries of our language, Antarctic English
is rich in humour."
"The Ice Continent has found its own Samuel Johnson in Bernadette
Hince, a lexicographer who has meticulously documented the unique
brand of English used by Americans, Australians, Britons, New
Zealanders and South Africans working in Antarctica."
--Jeff Rubin "Chicago Tribune "
"This dictionary is unusual in being an enjoyable scholarly work.
For the growing number of tourists to Antarctica, all of them avid
to read everything they can find about it and for the jafas and
winter-overers, this dictionary offers the language they will need
for their time on the ice."
This is more than just a good glossary. The Antarctic Dictionary is
a veritable encyclopedia of language, history, geography, flora,
fauna and social science.
Wayne Crawford (The Sunday Tasmanian, 25 March 2001)-- (03/25/2001)