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The People's Choice Award for Word of the Year 2015 goes to...

Feb 02, 2016

The People's Choice Award for Word of the Year 2015 goes to... captain's call.  

That's right, for the first time ever in Word of the Year history, the people and the committee have agreed!

captain’s call

noun a decision made by a political or business leader without consultation with colleagues. Also, captain's pick

[from the cricketing term for a decision made by the captain without consultation with other members of the team]

This is a first   the people and the Committee have agreed that captain’s call is the Word of the Year. Clearly this term has resonated with Australians, possibly because it touches on two of our national passions – cricket and politics – and so has been nominated as the most valuable contribution to Australian English in 2015. –SUSAN BUTLER, THE EDITOR

The runners-up are... 

keyboard warrior

noun a person who adopts an excessively aggressive style in online discussions which they would not normally adopt in person-to-person communication, often in support of a cause, theory, world view, etc.

wombat gate

noun a swing gate installed in a ditch going underneath a fence, so that wombats, who follow very predictable patterns at night, can come and go without destroying the fence. 

The runners-up are two terms from very different environments – the first from the fast and furious world of the internet, and the second from a much slower, more relaxed part of our world.  –SUSAN BUTLER, THE EDITOR

Both the Committee’s Choice and People’s Choice winning words are chosen from the list of new entries that are included in the annual update of the Macquarie Dictionary Online.


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Curious to know why we call it a word when it has two words? Technically it is a lexical item or unit of meaning. It's what we call the 'headword' in the dictionary. Read more.


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