Posted on 26 May 2020

3500+ new words in the 'Macquarie Dictionary Eighth Edition'

More than 3,500 new entries have been added to the new, Macquarie Dictionary Eighth Edition. The words reflect changes in our usage of Australian English since the Seventh Edition was published in 2017. Below is a selection of these new words which reflect changing perspectives of our language.  Our inclusion of environmental words reflects the strong public consciousness of environment and sustainability issues in recent years. Two new words included in the Eight Edition include climate strike and eco-anxiety climate strike noun a protest against lack of action on climate change, held within school or work hours. eco-anxiety noun feelings of distress and fear brought on by the effects of climate change. Indigenous words have also gained prominence in recent times. Macquarie Dictionary recently published new ebook guides to several indigenous languages. Scar tree and ngangkari are examples of some of the new words related to Indigenous language and culture that are included in the Eighth Edition. ngangkari (say 'ngung-guh-ree)  noun an Indigenous practitioner of bush medicine; healer. [Pitjantjatjara: literally, traditional healer] scar tree noun a tree of southern and eastern Australia which has had sections of bark or wood removed as part of traditional Aboriginal activities, often for the construction of shelter, watercraft, containers, etc. To round off our preview of the Eighth Edition, let's look at a couple of Macquarie Word of the Year winners. Described by the committee as a term that captured the zeitgeist of the year, cancel culture was crowned 2019 Word of the Year.  cancel culture noun the attitudes within a community which call for or bring about the withdrawal of support from a public figure, such as cancellation of an acting role, a ban on playing an artist's music, removal from social media, etc., usually in response to an accusation of a socially unacceptable action or comment. Also, call-out culture, outrage culture. 2018 Word of the Year, Me Too still resonates around Australia Me Too adjective 1.  of or relating to the Me Too movement: Me Too posts on social media. 2.  of or relating to an accusation of sexual harassment or sexual assault, especially as having occurred at some time in the past and which has since remained undisclosed. –verb (t) 3.  to accuse (someone) of having committed sexual harassment or sexual assault, especially in the past: to be Me Tooed. Also, me too, Me-Too, me-too.  Lastly, something a little lighter. We think the Macquarie Dictionary Eighth Edition has plenty of BDE:     noun Colloquial a sense of self-confidence, unaccompanied by arrogance or conceit.  Also, big dick energy. [from the supposed self-assuredness possessed by a man with a large penis]  These examples represent a tiny portion of the new words included in the Eight Edition. With a beautiful cover design and an updated understanding of Australian English, we know the Macquarie Dictionary Eighth Edition will sit proudly alongside its predecessors.
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.
Posted on 17 April 2020

Proper (and not-so-proper) ways to talk about toilet paper

There are new words being born every day, mostly to do with COVID-19 and the many changes this is bringing to our daily lives and to the planet in general. But closer to home (in a lot of countries), we've already got quite a few words for that in-demand product selling out in supermarkets across Australia – toilet paper. Let's start properly. The usual alternative to toilet paper is toilet tissue, which makes it sound much softer. And of course lavatory paper, loo paper and dunny paper. As an aside, dunny has been immortalised in a number of slang phrases. To be all alone like a country dunny is to be completely alone or isolated. Someone who is brainless couldn't train a choko vine to grow up a dunny wall, and something useless is described as being as useful as a glass door on a dunny. If your luck is out you can exclaim If it was raining palaces I'd be hit on the head by the dunny door. Finally, if someone's luck is in, and you wish that it would change for the worse, you may cry I hope your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny down. But back to loo paper. After that, I'm afraid it gets a little more base. The term bum fodder is slang from the 1880s in England that is occasionally still heard today. There's a tendency to refer to the paper itself as 'tickets' in many phrases, such as poo ticket (for a square of toilet paper), pack of poo tickets (for a roll of toilet paper) and shit tickets, which is self-explanatory. There's also dunny documents, which is an odd combination of slang and officiousness. Date roll and crap wrap are a couple of others to round out the list. In the process of researching this charming topic, we came across bog roll, TP, toot paper (thanks Kath & Kim), and other terms. What's your preferred term?