Six new words to watch

Dec 20, 2019
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Now that the Word of the Year has been decided, it's time to start looking ahead at the words that may make the list for 2020. We've got some occupational nicknames this month, in the form of chippy and sparky (presumably to go with tradie). Any carpenters or electricians out there who are familiar with these terms?

On the other side of nicknames, we have the Karen generation, a new, somewhat derogatory name for generation X, as coined by later generations. Sure to stir up as much controversy as the recent upswell of ok boomer.

Plus, some controversy from the past few years with poo jogger entering the fray, and new words messenge and pescavegan gaining relevance. Scroll down for the definitions and let us know what you think.

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.

New words square - chippy - a carpenter

New words square - poo jogger - a person who poos in public while out jogging

New words square - Karen generation - a nickname for generation x, usually used by youth

New words square - sparky - an electrician

New words square - pescavegan - a vegan who also eats fish

New words square - messenge - to message, usually using an app


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Mark - Jan. 1, 2020, 4:25 p.m.

How about fridgy/fridgie - a refrigeration and air conditioning tradesperson.


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Mary-Anne - Jan. 10, 2020, 1:44 p.m.

"messenge" is just stupid. what's wrong with "message/messaged" or you can be precise. "I whatsapped/facebooked/tweeted/DM (direct message)".


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Margot - Jan. 11, 2020, 1:21 p.m.

Suggest you add omnicide.


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Linda - Jan. 12, 2020, 2:14 a.m.

The title is misleading, or does it mean new to the Macquarie? 'Chippy' is hardly new, as UK and Oz slang for carpenter for decades if not centuries. Nor is 'sparky' new. Neither qualifies as a 2020 word. How about 'Megxit' - or too early to tell?


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Shared - Jan. 13, 2020, 9:47 a.m.

I'm surprised that chippy and sparky are not already in the dictionary! Common parlance in Queensland.


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Linda - Jan. 14, 2020, 4:25 a.m.

'kleptocracy' newly relevant if not new


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Rebecca - Jan. 15, 2020, 10:51 a.m.

I'm absolutely astounded by two of the entries on this list. Chippy and sparky have been around for decades! I would be very surprised if there were any Australians unfamiliar with them.


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Sandra - Jan. 17, 2020, 12:51 p.m.

I've never heard 'Karen generation' till you guys listed it. Is it peculiar to a particular locality?


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Jack - Jan. 18, 2020, 3:50 p.m.

Agree chippy, sparky, fridgie around for a long time. Y or IE is the only issue.

The twittesphere has done enough damage to the language without adding "messenge" and "poo jogger".

Can I suggest "megatrumper" – a person who talks nonsense whenever he/she speaks.


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Rebecca - Jan. 21, 2020, 11:33 a.m.

Further to my comment above, it should be "chippie" and "sparkie". In fact, "chippie" is already listed in the Macquarie Dictionary... Who wrote this piece? Who checked it?


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