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Posted on 1 September 2020

Spring into six more new words

Welcome to our new words blog, where we share new and topical words, some of which were submitted by you via the suggest a word feature on our website. There is a powerful stretch in the evenings. That's right, winter is finally shuffling off the seasonal stage (to sparse applause, a chilly reception you might say, aha ha) and making room for spring. Everything is new, everything is wonderful! Here are six words for the season of renewal.  Going to miss winter? Nurries. That's another way of saying no worries, making this a classic case of short Aussie slang becoming even shorter.   If you follow the news, you might have heard about wolf warrior diplomacy, a diplomatic strategy of China in which any criticism from another country is met with an immediate response or retaliation. The strategy is named after the famous Chinese movie Wolf Warrior, which has been described as a Chinese version of Rambo! How would the wolf warriors get on against the snapping handbags? That's a colloquial term for crocodiles.  On a creepier note, stalkerware is a type of spyware installed on a user's smartphone without their knowledge. Ew. You might want to zump (end the relationship via a Zoom call) the person who installs that on your phone. Otherwise they might get access to all your renegade videos - a type of dance popularised on Tik Tok.  Let us know if you have any other suggestions. We are always happy to hear new words, no matter how big or small a usage they may have. Be sure to vote for some of these when we post them on our Instagram stories. See other words suggested to the Macquarie Dictionary here.
Posted on 1 July 2020

Seven new words from 'travel bubble' to 'finsta'

Welcome to our new words blog, where we share new and topical words, some of which were submitted by you via the suggest a word feature on our website. This month, the stars are our destination with astrotourism: trips taken to stargaze or seek out dark sky locations, of which there are plenty in Australia. Back down on earth we are having an ugly-cry over our fakeaway dinners, the homemade version of your favourite takeaway food.  In the digital world we are seeing usage of the word finsta: a private Instagram account created to share content with close friends in a less public manner than a standard account.  You may have heard a lot of discussion about travel bubbles, which is an agreement between nations to form a closed circle of tourism post COVID-19. Race lift, to change the race of a character in an adaptation, is another word relevant to our current social climate.  Gruntle, the opposite of disgruntled, is our final new word for July. This isn't the first time that gruntle has appeared on the Macquarie blog. As with all new words, our editors are monitoring gruntle for more widespread usage that would earn the word a coveted place in the Macquarie Dictionary.  Let us know if you have any other suggestions. We are always happy to hear new words, no matter how big or small a usage they may have. Be sure to vote for some of these when we post them on our Instagram stories. See other words suggested to the Macquarie Dictionary here.  
Posted on 1 May 2020

Even more new words to watch

Welcome to our new words blog where we cover new and trending words and consider their worthiness for inclusion in the Macquarie Dictionary.  This month, we have a raft of words related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It seems inevitable that coronavirus-related lingo would find its way into our vocabulary, but the creativity and humour of some of these words helps take the edge off isolation. So sit back, mix yourself a quarantini (a cocktail made at home while in self-isolation) and check out this month's list of new words.  Boomer remover is a colloquial and slightly mean term for COVID-19 that has spread around social media. While doomsurfing might sound like an epic new extreme sport, it is actually the act of deliberately searching for bad news online, especially news related to coronavirus. Zoombombing is surprising an existing Zoom call by turning up uninvited. Perhaps while you are bunkered down, you are watching some nicecore: films that are overwhelmingly positive in nature.  Don't worry, it isn't all COVID-19-related! A celebrat is a person who ruins parties (usually their own) with rude behaviour, while multihyphenate refers to someone who fulfils multiple roles at the same time.  Which words do you think any are worthy of inclusion in the Macquarie Dictionary? Let us know in the comments below.  Let us know if you have any other suggestions. We are always happy to hear new words, no matter how big or small a usage they may have. Be sure to vote for some of these when we post them on our Instagram stories. See other words suggested to the Macquarie Dictionary here.