Word for Word #25 Word of the Year 2018

Jan 15, 2019
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It's that time! Take a peek behind the scenes with us as Macquarie Dictionary chooses its 2018 Word of the Year.
In this episode tag along to the secret Word of the Year committee meeting hosted at Macquarie HQ, featuring guest judges Rae Johnston (Editor of Junkee), Jenna Guillaume (Editor-at-Large of Buzzfeed Australia), James Bradley (novelist and critic), and Tiger Webb (ABC Language). 
What's your choice for Word of the Year 2018? Review our shortlist and cast your vote for People's Choice here. Voting closes 21st January 2019.
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Words and definitions

Macquarie Dictionary definitions from this episode:

Me Too





ab crack

algorithmic bias


milkshake duck


Additional links

Read more on the topics and people featured in this week's episode.

On the blog: 

Vote Now for the Word of the Year 2018

Why is the Word of the Year made up of two words?

Words of the Year around the world for 2018

The Committee's Choice for Word of the Year 2017 goes to...


In the news: 

Tarana Burke: Founder Of The Me Too Movement On Empowering Sexual Violence Victims | POY 2017 | TIME

One Year of #MeToo: What Women’s Speech Is Still Not Allowed to Do



Word for Word is produced by Macmillan Audio Australia for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.

Thanks in this episode are due to Dr Michael Spence, Professor Stephen Garton, Tiger Webb, Rae Johnston, Jenna Guillaume and James Bradley. Plus, as always, the whole team at Macquarie.

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Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If. The additional music in this episode is In Pursuit of Silence by Daniel Birch also available from the Free Music Archive.

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Anna - March 16, 2019, 6:19 p.m.

Phrase: milkshake duck;
Word: incel;
Single-use has been common for quite a while, now. Should certainly find its way into the Macquarie Dictionary!
All the best!

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Macquarie Dictionary Admin - March 19, 2019, 10:07 a.m.

Thank you for your feedback, Anna!
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