Back to articles

Winning Word of the Year 2014

Feb 05, 2015

The results are in and the winning words for 2014 have been decided!

The winner of the Committee’s Choice is …

mansplain

verb (tColloquial (humorous) (of a man) to explain (something) to a woman, in a way that is patronising because it assumes that a woman will be ignorant of the subject matter.
[MAN + (EX)PLAIN with s inserted to create a pronunciation link with explain]
mansplainingnoun

The Committee would like to give honourable mention to lifehacking, binge watching and bamboo ceiling.

A dishonourable mention to selfie stick for being inescapable.

The Committee chose mansplain as the word of the year for 2014. They felt that it was a much needed word and it was a clever coinage which captured neatly the concept of the patronising explanation offered only too frequently by some men to women.


The People’s Choice winner is …

share plate

share plate

noun a serving in a restaurant designed as multiple small portions so that several diners can share the same dish.

 

 

The runners-up are lifehacking, binge watching and selfie stick.

To see a list of winners for each category, and to download a list of all the contenders for Word of the Year 2014, please visit the Word of the Year page.

(artwork by Tania @thewriting)


Check out some of the media coverage in response to the choice of mansplain:

Mansplain is Australian Word of the Year | Nancy Groves | The Guardian

'Mansplaining': What it is and why it's in the dictionary | Lucia Osborne-Crowley | Women's Agenda

Mansplain chosen as Macquarie Dictionary's 2014 word of the year | Candice Marshall | ABC News

How does Macquarie Dictionary’s Word of the Year stack up against Oxford’s Vape? | Laura Close |Business Review Australia

 

Or you can download the full media release below.

 


Download:
Macquarie_Dictionary_Announces_Word_of_the_Year_2014.pdf


Join the discussion!

Please sign in to post a comment. Not a member? Join Macquarie Dictionary today!


There are no comments yet. Be the first to post a comment!