Macquarie Dictionary


Eight new words to watch

It’s that time again, when we look through our words to watch, often submitted by you for consideration in the Macquarie Dictionary. We are interested in hearing about words from all walks of life, be it from your profession, from everyday slang, from something your kids have said that you just couldn’t wrap your head around, we want it all.

This month, we have some words that have been floating around for some time like weeaboo and twofer, but perhaps it’s time now to add them to the dictionary. We also review some new words, like the gaming term meta, and the new word for an old practice, humanure.

And we look at one of our favourite types of word, the classic Aussie colloquial manner of shortening words. We’ve seen this before with things such as deso for designated driver, but have you ever sat down to a dego? Or better yet, a vego dego? We’d love to know!

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 - humanure - a form of compost using human excrement

New words to watch kidney chain

New word - dego - degustation

New words square - weeaboo - someone who is obsessed with Japanese culture and is not of that heritage

New words square - cleanskin - someone who has no tattoos

New words square - hopepunk - a genre of storytelling that emphasises resistance and hope

New words square - meta-  acronym for most effective tactic available in gaming

New words square - twofer - two for the price of one (often on a Tuesday)

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