Word for Word #37 Word of the Year 2020

Dec 04, 2020

In this episode of Word for Word, we are joined by members of the Word of the Year Committee to discuss which word was crowned the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year, the selection process and other words from the short list.

Find out which word was voted the People's Choice Word of the Year.

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

  • adaptive clothing
  • bee vectoring
  • cottagecore
  • covidiot
  • COVID normal
  • doomscrolling
  • HIA
  • inclusion rider
  • Karen
  • lo-fi
  • panda bashing
  • profit-for-purpose
  • pyrocumulonimbus
  • seened
  • sky puppy
  • stalkerware
  • suicide first aid


Additional links

Word of the Year 2020

Word of the Year 2020 Shortlist

COVID Word of the Year Shortlist

Suggest a Word

Word for Word episode #29 Word of the Year 2019




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