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Macquarie shortlist of words of the year | Eating and Drinking

The Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year longlist is made up of 75 words (you can check them out here), with five words in each of the fifteen categories. Our Committee whittles these down to just fifteen words to create the shortlist. From the shortlist, you can vote to help decide which word becomes the People’s Choice Word of the Year 2019.

Before making the decision on which words get your vote, read over the highlights from the Eating and Drinking category to learn the definitions and origins of our picks for 2019. We would love to hear your thoughts, so drop a comment below and tell us what you think of these new words.

Love it or hate it (or maybe you’ve never ate it!), nevertheless the addition of cheese slaw to the Macquarie Dictionary took social media by storm, with the people of Broken Hill vehemently defending and exalting their towns beloved invention. This culinary wonder is a salad made up of grated carrot, grated cheese and mayonnaise.

You may have heard of a babycino but what about a puppuccino? Dog-friendly cafes have started serving up this speciality drink so that dogs can happily join their owners for a social brunch. Sound like a bad idea? Don’t worry, puppuccinos are made using lactose-free milk to keep pup happy and healthy.

cheese slaw

noun 1.  coleslaw to which grated cheese has been added.

2. Broken Hill a salad of grated carrot, grated cheese, and mayonnaise.

Also, cheeseslaw. [modelled on COLESLAW]

Don’t leave Broken Hill without trying the chicken and cheese slaw focaccia from Café Lana’s (198 Argent St).

“So if you’re looking from a health and weight point of view of eating salads to maybe lose weight or maintain weight, cheese slaw’s maybe not the best salad to be going for.” 


noun Colloquial a drink for dogs served in dog-friendly cafes, etc., usually consisting of lactose-free milk. Also, puppaccino. [blend of  PUP and CAPPUCCINO]

Dinesh said people can expect to see more dog owners treating their pets when they pick up their coffee fix. “It’s more popular in Europe than Australia right now but we are seeing more pet owners ordering puppuccinos,” he said.

Perth’s pooches have been lining up for a puppuccino at micro-cafe Boo Espresso. 

Other words in the Eating and Drinking category this year include food fraud, ruby chocolate and urban cooking. You can find the definitions for these words as well as our longlist on our Word of the Year page.

The shortlisted word from this category for 2019 is cheese slaw.

Image of Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year cheese slaw Broken Hill a salad of grated carrot, grated cheese, and mayonnaise.

And don’t forget to vote for the People’s Choice for Word of the Year 2019 and comment below!

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