Canberran officially a word, time for the squiggly line to go

'Canberran' is of course a proud descriptor given to the inhabitants of and things relating to the capital, and its use can be traced in official records as far back as 1919, but as any user of digital devices knows, it's not recognised by spell check software.

 

The word 'Canberran' has been included in the latest edition of the Australian National Dictionary today.

‘Canberran’ is of course a proud descriptor given to the inhabitants of and things relating to the capital, and its use can be traced in official records as far back as 1919, but as any user of digital devices knows, it’s not recognised by spell check software. 

As Canberrans themselves, the Australian National Dictionary Centre staff said they are especially pleased that ‘Canberran’ makes an appearance in the new publication. I congratulate them on the new publication and particularly welcome the inclusion of ‘Canberran’.

I may use the word more than most, but we use ‘Canberran’ so commonly that it’s hard to understand why there’s a red, squiggly line underneath it whenever we type it.

In an attempt to banish the red line, I have written to Apple and Microsoft asking them to amend their spell check tools to make sure we are included. And I have written to those dictionaries that don’t currently include Canberran.

It would be fantastic to see these services follow the Australian National Dictionary’s lead to ensure as we increasingly become a global city we receive the recognition we deserve on the world stage.

Direct international flights, which will begin operation in September, will see thousands of new visitors to the nation’s capital who will learn how friendly and welcoming Canberrans are. It would be great to remove the confusion when they try to use the word Canberran.