Australia’s annual Macquarie Word of the Year competition has arrived to brighten our January with oodles of new lingo.
Since its debut in 2006-2007, I’ve been a big fan of the Macquarie Dictionary as it mixes whimsy with innovation. As the most interesting Word of the Year contest, it’s actually a step ahead, rather than a nostalgic look back, ala American Dialect Society’s “Hashtag” (a bold choice if it were 2009 but ho-hum today).
Take a look at Macquarie’s 2012 words and you’re certain to find satisfying if not unfamiliar language. Some of my faves: virtual choir, silo mentality, props, social reading, corridor conservation, citizen science, crowdfunding and digital archaeology. If the terms are not familiar now, consult the American Dialect Society in 2016.
From agriculture to technology, there are fifteen categories in the Macquarie List and readers are invited to vote for favorites before February 2. Choose only one from each category, but you don’t have to vote in every category. When you have made your selections and entered your email address, click VOTE.
The winning words are announced early in February.
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