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Should these words go in the Macquarie Dictionary?

We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary. In a time of global instant communication, these words are popping up faster and in vaster quantities than ever before.

To earn a place in the dictionary however, a word has to prove that the community at large accepts it. That is to say, it has to turn up a number of times in a number of different contexts over a period of time. We find these mainly by reading – books, newspapers, the internet – and listening – radio, TV, people chatting.

We’d like to highlight some of the fun, creative and intriguing submissions we receive from you, the reader. Let us know if you know any others and what you think of these ones.

See other words suggested to the Macquarie Dictionary here.




runagate a person who has run away or deserted.

zombie measures on the table from past unpassed budgets (specifically Abbott government measures that remain under Turnbull)

overton window a range of ideas acceptable to the public, generally from a political platform

pokemoron Person playing the Pokémon Go game while moving by foot or vehicle and being oblivious to their environment, creating a risk of accident.

vote bait A crass and superficial political policy designed primarily to attract votes during an election, rather than solve a problem in society. A white elephant. A token policy.

entertrainer A personal trainer who offers entertaining and widely consumed training programs, often through social media.

See other words suggested to the Macquarie Dictionary here.

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