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Word of the Year 2015

Posted on 13 January 2016


The results are in!

We are delighted to announce the winning word of the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year 2015.

This year's winner, as chosen by both the Word of the Year Committee and the People’s Choice Award, for the first time ever, goes to captain's call

captain's call

captain's call

noun a decision made by a political or business leader without consultation with colleagues. 

This is a first! The people and the Committee have agreed that captain’s call is the Word of the Year.  Clearly this term has resonated with Australians, possibly because it touches on two of our national passions – cricket and politics – and so has been nominated as the most valuable contribution to Australian English in 2015. –SUSAN BUTLER, THE EDITOR

Captain’s call perfectly encapsulates what happened in Australia over the past year. There has been an interesting change in usage; an infrequent item of the jargon of cricket makes the leap into politics and is now being used generally with an ironic tinge to it that is very Australian. –THE COMMITTEE


The Committee would like to give honourable mention to:

lumbersexual

noun an urban male who wishes to associate himself by his appearance with a rugged outdoors way of life, as by wearing outdoor clothes such as check shirts, jeans and large boots combined with a beard as typical of a lumberjack.

It used to be all about women’s fashions, but the words are now being dominated more and more by those related to men’s fashion. Lumbersexual is an organic phenomenon that someone has identified and named. It is a neat coinage and perfectly describes this style that peaked in Australia over the past year. THE COMMITTEE

deso

noun Colloquial a designated driver. Also, deso driver.

The idea of deso is very topical. It combines a drinking culture with that of a law-abiding society. The word structure itself is typically Australian – a shortened form with an -o ending. It is astonishing how quickly and smoothly the deso became part of our lives. THE COMMITTEE 


The People's Choice runners-up are:

keyboard warrior

noun a person who adopts an excessively aggressive style in online discussions which they would not normally adopt in person-to-person communication, often in support of a cause, theory, world view, etc.

wombat gate

noun a swing gate installed in a ditch going underneath a fence, so that wombats, who follow very predictable patterns at night, can come and go without destroying the fence.

 

The runners-up are two terms from very different environments – the first from the fast and furious world of the internet, and the second from a much slower, more relaxed part of our world.  –SUSAN BUTLER, THE EDITOR


Category winners:  

  Category

  People’s Choice

  Committee’s Choice

  Agriculture

  wombat gate

  wombat gate

  Arts

  slipstream fiction

  abandoned porn

  Business

  digital disruption

  price baiting

  Colloquial

  deso

  deso

  Communications 

  listicle

  listicle

  Eating and Drinking 

  Frankenfruit

  Frankenfruit

  Environment

  heritage tree

  cool burn

  Fashion

  lumbersexual

  lumbersexual

  General Interest

  hoverboard

  grolar bear

  Health

  fitspiration

  fitspiration

  Internet

  keyboard warrior

  dox

  Politics

  captain's call

  captain's call

  Social Interest

  manspread

  fur baby

  Sport

  slackpacking

  slackpacking

  Technology

  selfie drone

  selfie drone


Download the pdf below to view all the entries considered for Word of the Year 2015.

Download the media release and read more on our Blog page.


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Macquarie_Word_of_the_Year_2015_entries.pdf