Winning Word of the Year 2011

Feb 01, 2012

The Committee's choice for Word of the Year 2011 is: 

noun a swimsuit designed for Muslim women, comprising leggings and a tunic top with a hood. [Trademark; BURQ(A) + (BIK)INI]

Word of the Year Committee member David Astle said of the choice, "As a wordsmith I am delighted by a word that has a Q without U and ends with an I." 

The Committee would like to give honourable mentions to:

patchwork economy
noun an economy characterised by areas of growth reflecting regions which are booming, and areas of decline reflecting regions which are less prosperous. 

noun the productivity of a cow in terms of the quality and quantity of its milk, assessed by udder shape and size, pedigree, genomic screening, etc.; used as a judging criterion in competitions.

noun Politics an item made public by a government, usually in a media release, as good publicity for the government or as a distraction from bad publicity.

And the People's Choice Award, as voted by the public, goes to:

noun (in oil and gas mining) a process by which fractures are made in rock by the application under pressure of chemically treated water mixed with sand to natural or man-made openings in order to gain access to oil or gas supplies, considered by some to be associated with groundwater contamination; hydraulic fracturing. [shortened form of fracturing]

To see all the fascinating words that were under consideration this year, click on the category links below. The most popular words in each category were:

Agriculture: dairyness
Arts: beatboxing
Business: patchwork economy
Colloquial: devo
Communications: disaster porn
Crops: superfruit
Environment: fracking
Fashion: burqini
Eating and Drinking: food porn
General Interest: photobomb
Health: food coma
Internet: planking
Politics: soy cap intelligentsia
Social Interest: party house
Sport: stair climb
Technology: jailbreak

Check out some of the media coverage in response to the choice of burqini:

'Burqini' named Word of the Year | SBS News

'Brurqini' Word of the Year? Frank that? | Aidan Wilson | Crikey


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