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Seven new words from ‘travel bubble’ to ‘finsta’

Welcome to our new words blog, where we share new and topical words, some of which were submitted by you via the suggest a word feature on our website.

This month, the stars are our destination with astrotourism: trips taken to stargaze or seek out dark sky locations, of which there are plenty in Australia. Back down on earth we are having an ugly-cry over our fakeaway dinners, the homemade version of your favourite takeaway food. 

In the digital world we are seeing usage of the word finsta: a private Instagram account created to share content with close friends in a less public manner than a standard account. 

You may have heard a lot of discussion about travel bubbles, which is an agreement between nations to form a closed circle of tourism post COVID-19. Race lift, to change the race of a character in an adaptation, is another word relevant to our current social climate. 

Gruntle, the opposite of disgruntled, is our final new word for July. This isn’t the first time that gruntle has appeared on the Macquarie blog. As with all new words, our editors are monitoring gruntle for more widespread usage that would earn the word a coveted place in the Macquarie Dictionary. 

Let us know if you have any other suggestions. We are always happy to hear new words, no matter how big or small a usage they may have. Be sure to vote for some of these when we post them on our Instagram stories.

See other words suggested to the Macquarie Dictionary here.

New words astrotourism - trips taken wherein the main goal is to stargaze, seek out dark sky locations for the same purpose

New words fakeaway - when you make a homemade version of a favourite takeaway food

New words finsta - a fake Instagram profile for close friends only

New words gruntle - to be happy, the opposite of disgruntled 2020

New words race lift - to change the race of a character in an adaptation

New words travel bubble - an agreement between a number of nations to form a closed circle of tourism post-COVID-19

New words ugly-cry - to weep in a manner which unattractively distorts one's face


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