Macquarie Dictionary


New words to watch this month

A new month means new words. Check out our handful of new words to hold on to in February. 

Would you describe 2020 as a dumpster fire? We would. That’s why dumpster fire, any utterly disastrous situation, heads up our eclectic list. There were plenty of opportunities for pic facs last year. That is, a photo opportunity for media at a community event, usually with politicians. 

Did you party from Christmas and New Year right through to the end of January? If so, your headache might inspire you to become sober curious: the exploration of a life without alcohol. Did the thought of giving up drink hit you in the feels? Those are also known as deep emotional feelings. 

Finally, as we spin our globes and point our fingers to the destinations we’ll visit when the borders lift, we have been tracking the development of vaccine passports, a system by which vaccinated travellers entering a country can skip mandatory quarantine if they are vaccinated against COVID-19. 

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.

dumpster fire  -any utterly disastrous situation.

 pic fac - a photo opportunity for media at a community event, usually with politicians

sober curious - the exploration of a life without or drastically lowering the consumption of alcohol

the feels - deep emotional feelings

vaccine passport - a system by which vaccinated travelers entering a country may skip mandatory quarantine by way of being vaccinated against COVID-19


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