Word for Word #36 Word Watch

Jul 23, 2020

In this episode of our special "in-iso" season, we chat about new words on the team's radar. Our editors discuss the Karen phenomenon and Beyoncé, while Chief Editor Alison Moore explains dictionary headwords and how two words can win Word of the Year.

This is a COVID-19-free episode. If you are interested in new words arising from the pandemic, check out episode #35 A Pandemic of new words

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

You can also explore the 'additional links' below to discover what new words and definitions have been on our editor's minds in recent months. 

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Words & Definitions

  • block
  • Culturally modified tree (CMT) 
  • janties
  • IKEA effect
  • Karen
  • multihyphenate 
  • scar tree
  • seened


Additional links

Suggest a Word

Word of the Year 2019

Word for Word episode #33 New word mashups

Word for Word episode #29 Word of the Year 2019




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anthony - Sept. 14, 2020, 12:12 p.m.

There are so many new words in the definition of a head word.We speak faster than we can record all new and old words.But the collation is getting better all the time
Macquarie is very much on the cutting edge.

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