Back to articles

Should these words go in the Macquarie Dictionary?

Oct 03, 2016

September 2016

We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary. In a time of global instant communication, these words are popping up faster and in vaster quantities than ever before.

To earn a place in the dictionary however, a word has to prove that the community at large accepts it. That is to say, it has to turn up a number of times in a number of different contexts over a period of time. We find these mainly by reading – books, newspapers, the internet – and listening – radio, TV, people chatting.

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.




 body bow a ribbon for tying around a person to give them as a (usually naked) gag gift to another person.

internaut - an internet user

wivvle - to whinge, whine or snivel (verb) One who wivvels (noun)

shut the front door - "shut the fuck up", usually said in disbelief

safe space - a place where a person, usually part of a minority group, can relax and feel comfortable without fear of discrimination

gunna - going to colloquialism

haram dingo someone who puts tomato sauce or other condiments/things not meant to be there on a halal snack pack

 See other words suggested to the Macquarie Dictionary here.

Join the discussion!


Please sign in to post a comment. Not a member? Join Macquarie Dictionary today!

James - Nov. 5, 2016, 10:28 a.m.

Gunna could well be considered; it is widely used although it is really just the result of sloppy diction. The one listed as "shut the front door" is a clumsy construct. Far superior is the pithier rapid-fire U.K. version - "shut it!"

* Enter your name:

* Enter your comment: