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Six new words to watch this winter

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.

Been a long winter, right? Here are six new words to keep you warm while the chill lingers. 

Blood harmony might sound like the title of a vampire novel but it is in fact a type of musical harmony attained by members of the same family. That explains Hanson and AC/DC. 

Two new pandemic related words this month are coronacrisis, the global or local effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and covidiot: a person who doesn’t abide by coronavirus restrictions. I’m sure we have all seen a few covidiots around. 

We also have two cuddly animal words to warm your heart. Roaching is when a greyhound sleeps on its back with its legs in the air, like a dead cockroach (trust us, it’s much cuter than it sounds). Sky puppy is a colloquial name for a flying fox, aww. 

Finally, a big shout out to all murfers out there! That’s mothers who love to surf. 

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.


blood harmony - a type of musical harmony attained by members of the same family

coronacrisis - the global or local effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

covidiot a person who doesn't abide by new restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19

murfer - a mother who is also a surfer

roaching - when a greyhound dog sleeps on their back with legs in the air, looking like a dead cockroach

sky puppy - a colloquial term for the flying fox



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