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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.





baby lust - the feeling a person has when they really want to have a baby

greeder a selfish leader or leadership that only cares about financial gains.

aphantasia the inability to picture anything in your mind's eye.

dead cat - a political (or otherwise) distraction to deflect positive media coverage of the opposition in favour of negative coverage of your own party

out with the ark signifying something is no longer in fashion.  Bell bottoms went out with the ark.

mpreg a genre of fiction in which men become pregnant. Also a lifestyle fetish among men who pretend to be pregnant

greige the colour created by mixing grey and beige.

chonk originally square chocolate covered caramel lollies called "mates" but then later came to be applied to all lollies.

See other words suggested to the Macquarie Dictionary here.

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