Word for Word #27 Word Watch

Oct 24, 2019
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New words and meanings are constantly being created, with some of these passing by in the blink of an eye, while others have more staying power. In this episode, the team talks about the ways new words are created, and take a closer look at some of the new words that have been submitted to us.

Plus, the editors explain how we determine whether a word warrants a place in the dictionary, and once it’s approved, what happens next.

Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.

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Words and definitions 

Macquarie Dictionary defintitions from this episode:



cheese slaw



portmanteau word


rabbit hole


captain's call

Additional Links

Read more about the topics discussed:

Verse as a verb & sneaked or snuck

Literally screaming with excitement

What does Donald Trump’s 'covfefe' mean?

Lewis Carroll's coinages

Portmanteau words

How do words get into the dictionary?

Dictionary Editor FAQs

Word of the Year 2015 in the news (captain's call)

Word of the Year

Read more new words, phrases and definitions that have been submitted to us on the blog.

Have a new word, phrase or definition you think we should know about? Send it to us!



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

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.

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