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The unanimous Word of the Year 2015 is 'captain's call'

captain's call

The votes have been tallied and for the first time in Word of the Year history, the people agree with the committee, crowning captain's call as the winning word.

This is a first – the people and the Committee have agreed that captain’s call is the Word of the Year. Clearly this term has resonated with Australians, possibly because it touches on two of our national passions – cricket and politics – and so has been nominated as the most valuable contribution to Australian English in 2015. –SUSAN BUTLER, THE EDITOR

Runners-up go to keyboard warrior and wombat gate. Read more about the Word of the Year and the chosen words here.

Read more about words from The Editor

Here's a selection of blog posts from The Editor about Word of the Year, past and present:

Words we hated in 2015 (2016)

The non-words of the year (2016)

One word, two words | When a word contains more than one word, why do we still call it a word? (2013)

Dictionary Editor FAQs (2015)

How do words get into the dictionary? (2013)

Most searched words in 2015

The top 10 most commonly searched words in the online dictionary for 2015 are chuffed, wellbeing, practice, practise, firsthand, licence, healthcare, onboard, longstanding, and frontline.

Want some help remembering what's what for the common confusables? Here's some handy help from the blog archives:

The difference between complement & compliment 
The difference between practice & practise 
The difference between licence & license

After some instruction on hyphens and compounds? We've got you covered:

Punctuation guide
Grammar guide

Curious to know what the most commonly searched words are week by week? Check out the Word Cloud.

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The act of understanding or mentally supplying something not expressed.


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