Word for Word #29 Word of the Year 2019

Dec 04, 2019
Silhouette of crowd holding swords and text: #29 Word of the Year 2019

It's that time! Take a peek behind the scenes with us as Macquarie Dictionary chooses its 2019 Committee's Choice Word of the Year, cancel culture. We also delve into the Honourable Mentions, ngangkari, eco-anxiety and thicc. And discuss the longlist in a little more detail.

We once again join the Word of the Year Committee meeting, hosted at Macquarie HQ, as they debate which word best represents the year. Guest judges include David Astle (radio host, writer and crossword compiler extraordinaire), Beverley Wang (journalist, producer, podcaster), Rudi Bremer (radio broadcaster and producer) and Tiger Webb (ABC Language).

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Words & Definitions

Macquarie Dictionary defintitions from this episode:

cancel culture




flight shaming

drought lot








cheese slaw


appointment viewing




carbon sink




Additional Links

Read more about the topics discussed:

Vote now for the People’s Choice Word of the Year for 2019

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

Read more about Word of the Year on our Blog 

Words of the Year around the world for 2019 

To cheeseslaw or not to cheeseslaw?



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, Rudi Bremer, Beverley Wang and David Astle. Plus as always the whole team at Macquarie.

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.

Our logo is by Amy Sherington.

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