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A fiery speech against sexism by Australia’s first woman prime minister has prompted the textbook of Australian English to broaden the definition of “misogyny” to better fit the heated political debate raging downunder.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week used a parliamentary debate to launch a strong attack against conservative Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, accusing him of being a misogynist, and her speech has since become an Internet hit.

If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn’t need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror

In response, Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary, the authority on the English language in Australia, has decided to broaden the definition of “misogyny” to better match the way the word has been used over the past 30 years.

“I will not, and the government will not, be lectured about sexism and misogyny by [Abbott] not now, not…

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