Word for Word #40 Word Watch

Sep 21, 2021

In this episode of Word for Word, we discuss the new words that have caught our attention over the past few months. Get up to date with the words that are vying for a place on the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year shortlist. 

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' and definitions below to learn more about our favourite animal phrases.

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Words & Definitions

Macquarie Dictionary definitions from this episode:

  • infobesity
  • main character syndrome
  • speedcubing
  • vaccine passport
  • vaccine nationalism
  • virus cabinet


Additional Links

Read more about the topics and themes discussed:

Six new words for spring

A bunch of interesting new words

New words for July



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