Should these words go in the Macquarie Dictionary?

Oct 14, 2014

October 2014

We've pulled together some more of the interesting words which YOU have recently contributed through our Suggest a word function. Macquarie is currently researching these words to determine their currency within Australian English and to see if they warrant an entry in our end-of-year update.

The submissions are in the form they were sent in. Some contributors included an example sentence showing how they have heard it used or how they would use it.

We’d like to highlight some of the fun, creative and intriguing submissions we receive from you, the reader. Let us know if you know any others and what you think of these ones.

See other words suggested to the Macquarie Dictionary here.

to dance while typing, involving lots of movement of the upper body and rhythmic typing.

a written statement on Twitter intended to be seen and retweeted by one’s followers expressing your regret for having done / said something that is being criticized. Usually the only public statement of regret and used to protect brand and/or product.  US Airways sent a followgy re “that plane crash” photo. Jeremy Clarkson did not seem very followgetic in his latest tweet about his ‘sleeping gay slur’. Shia LaBeouf followgized profusely, much to Seth Rogan’s delight. He couldn’t stop followgizing.

a gender-neutral word for your sibling's children, i.e. your nieces and nephews.  It's my sister's big anniversary weekend trip this weekend, so I'm babysitting the nieflings.

the ease at which one can comfortably skim over a document, blog, etc.

the exact opposite of volunteering. Always used in reference to an unpleasant task to which you have been assigned by your boss.   Example 1:  Co-worker 1: I hear you got a transfer.  Co-worker 2: Yeah. I didn't want to, but I was voluntold.  Example 2:  Co-worker 1: You want to go fishing Saturday?  Co-worker 2: I can't, I got voluntold I have to work this weekend.

Which is your favourite? Have you ever used or heard of these term? Are they too obscure? Should they go in?

Now's your chance to comment!

See other words suggested to the Macquarie Dictionary here.

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