The Word of the Year category is...

Nov 11, 2021

The Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year has a shortlist consisting of one word from each of our fifteen (sixteen including COVID-19) categories. While the titles are sometimes self-explanatory, our editors have expanded on the category titles to give us a better understanding of what each group encapsulates.

  • Agriculture - related to farming practices, equipment and produce.
  • Arts - including literature, film, fine arts and music.
  • Business - associated with finance and corporations.
  • Colloquial - informal and slang language.
  • Communication - how we talk, write and interact with each other.
  • COVID-19 - related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Eating and drinking - food, beverages and cooking.
  • Environment -  the natural world, and our effect on it.
  • Fashion - clothing, accessories and trends.
  • General interest - everything else!
  • Health - medical, psychological and well-being.
  • Internet - online terminology.
  • Politics - government and elections.
  • Social interest - human interactions, families and relationships.
  • Sport - exercise, physical and mental competitions.
  • Technology - computers, robotics and machinery.

As you can see, this has covered a vast amount of ground for human society, and even has the very handy "General interest" category to pull in anything that doesn't quite fit.

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Linda - Nov. 22, 2021, 10:32 a.m.

Most of the words are pretty obscure. 'Delta' has to be the out-and-out winner. Remember when Oxford Dictionaries picked 'selfie' as the word of the year - that was a stayer and a true winner. An all-too-clever but passing neologism is no contender for me.

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