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Should logical family, dibling and food forest go in the dictionary?

Sep 03, 2018


We're ready to look at some more new words as submitted by you, our readers and fellow word connoisseurs.

We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary, so please let us know if you know of one.

Do you have a logical family? Have you and a dibling ever fought over honeybread in a food forest? Let us know in the comments section below!

See other words suggested to the Macquarie Dictionary here.





Macquarie Dictionary-logical family-a family of members that are chosen, rather than your biological family.

Macquarie Dictionary-honeybread-a version of gingerbread.

Macquarie Dictionary-dibling-siblings conceived through a donor.

Macquarie Dictionary-death cleaning-the process of organising, decluttering and tidying your home before you die.

Macquarie Dictionary-food forest-when fruit and vegetables are grown in conjunction with trees as a form of companion planting.

Macquarie Dictionary-bodge-a quick and dodgy fix or repair.

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Sue - Sept. 13, 2018, 11:52 a.m.

'Bodge' is not a new word, not to us oldies, anyhow! Mostly heard as 'bodgy', like dodgy. Which brings me to a question: where do the words 'shonky' and 'shonk' come from? They seem to fit in the body/dodgy family.

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Candace Admin - Sept. 17, 2018, 12:05 p.m.

Dear Sue, thank you for your comment! ‘Shonk’ is US slang from the 1910s and means ‘a shonky person’. The definition of ‘shonky’ is ‘of dubious integrity or honesty’. You can find more information for both of the definitions by using the search bar above! – Macquarie Dictionary

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nuriya - Sept. 13, 2018, 10:29 p.m.

Sibling is a great expression!

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nuriya - Sept. 13, 2018, 10:32 p.m.

Logical family is the expression that has an interesting meaning.

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Christian - Sept. 19, 2018, 8:37 a.m.

I thought 'death cleaning' was more specifically the 'process of organising, tidying and de-cluttering your home and affairs so no-one needs to do it should you die'. This can be done at any stage of your life and is a way of increasing your peace of mind.

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Shared - Sept. 20, 2018, 4:39 p.m.

I know 'bodge' as a verb -- I'll bodge that bookshelf for you -- and an adjective -- he did a bodge job on that car -- rather than a noun. But I'm another oldie, maybe the usage has evolved.

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