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Even more new words to watch

Welcome to our new words blog where we cover new and trending words and consider their worthiness for inclusion in the Macquarie Dictionary. 

This month, we have a raft of words related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It seems inevitable that coronavirus-related lingo would find its way into our vocabulary, but the creativity and humour of some of these words helps take the edge off isolation. So sit back, mix yourself a quarantini (a cocktail made at home while in self-isolation) and check out this month’s list of new words. 

Boomer remover is a colloquial and slightly mean term for COVID-19 that has spread around social media. While doomsurfing might sound like an epic new extreme sport, it is actually the act of deliberately searching for bad news online, especially news related to coronavirus. Zoombombing is surprising an existing Zoom call by turning up uninvited. Perhaps while you are bunkered down, you are watching some nicecore: films that are overwhelmingly positive in nature. 

Don’t worry, it isn’t all COVID-19-related! A celebrat is a person who ruins parties (usually their own) with rude behaviour, while multihyphenate refers to someone who fulfils multiple roles at the same time. 

Which words do you think any are worthy of inclusion in the Macquarie Dictionary? Let us know in the comments below. 

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 boomer remover - a colloquial term for COVID-19

New words celebrat - someone who ruins (usually their own) parties by bratty behaviour

New words doomsurfing - deliberately going online to look up depressing news articles, specifically for COVID-19

New words multihyphenate - someone who fulfils different roles at the same time

New words nicecore - films that are overwhelmingly positive in nature, usually comedies

New words quarantini - a cocktail made at home while under self isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19

New words zoombombing - surprising an existing zoom meeting by popping in uninvited

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