Posted on 22 November 2021

Word of the Year 2021 | Shortlist

The Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year voting is open now. The below shortlist was chosen from the 15 categories under consideration for Word of the Year 2021. You can review the words and definitions below. Find out which word became the Word of the Year 2021 here. Access a pdf of the shortlist here. You can also view the entire longlist here.   brain tickler noun Colloquial a nasopharyngeal swab, as used for COVID-19 testing.   brick-bait noun a strategy designed to encourage customers to shop at bricks-and-mortar stores rather than online, as by providing personalised service, pleasant surroundings, etc. Also, brick bait.   Delta noun a variant (B.1.617.2) of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19. Also, Delta variant.   dignity suit noun adaptive clothing in the form of a jumpsuit elasticised at the waist, with a zip at the back to prevent the wearer from undressing, especially as designed for people living with dementia, Alzheimer's disease, etc.   dry scooping noun the practice of ingesting powdered pre-workout supplements or protein powder without mixing with water or milk as directed.   dump cake noun a cake which is prepared by combining the ingredients directly in the cake tin or dish in which it is to be baked.   front-stab verb (tColloquial to betray (someone) openly, without subterfuge. Also, front stab. –front-stabber, noun   hate-follow verb (t) Internet to link oneself to (a site on a social network) even though one dislikes or disagrees with the content being shared.   humane washing noun the misleading marketing of a product sourced from animals, deceptively giving the impression that the animals have been treated humanely.   last chance tourism noun tourism to locations with endangered landscapes or geological features, or which are habitats for endangered species. Also, last-chance tourism.   menty-b noun Colloquial a breakdown in one's mental health. Also, menty b.   NFT noun a unique digital certificate which uses blockchain technology to certify ownership, authenticity and scarcity of a digital asset, such as a digital image, video, tweet, domain name, etc.; non-fungible token.   porch pirate noun Colloquial a person who steals parcels which have been left outside a home by a deliverer. –porch piracy, noun   range anxiety noun the stress experienced by the driver of an electric vehicle when they are unsure of reaching their destination or a recharging point before the vehicle's battery runs out of power.   shadow pandemic noun an increase in mental health problems and domestic and family violence attributed to living with the stresses and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.   sober curious adjective having an interest in reducing one's consumption of alcohol or in giving it up altogether.   strollout noun Colloquial (humorous) the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Australia, with reference to the perceived lack of speed.   third place noun the social environments where people spend time away from home or work. Also, third space.   wokescold verb (t) 1.  to rebuke (a person) for having beliefs that are perceived to be accepting of prejudice or discrimination. –noun 2.  a person who issues such rebukes.
Posted on 1 November 2021

Word of the Year 2021 around the world

The official Word of the Year 2021 for Macquarie Dictionary is strollout. Last year, we had two winners to allow for the overwhelming presence of COVID-19 in our lives. These words were doomscrolling and rona. While Macquarie Dictionary takes into consideration only the words that were introduced to the dictionary in the year in question, other dictionaries and word associations use different criteria to make their decisions. Some are based on relevancy, some take into account all words and others limit it in a similar way to the Macquarie Dictionary. These words have begun to trickle out from across the globe and we are here with a rundown on what has been decided. The Oxford Dictionary, under the umbrella of Oxford Languages, have announced their Word of the Year 2021 as vax. They have developed a report on vaccine language and had this to say about their decision: A relatively rare word in our corpus until this year, by September [vax] was over 72 times more frequent than at the same time last year. It has generated numerous derivatives that we are now seeing in a wide range of informal contexts, from vax sites and vax cards to getting vaxxed and being fully vaxxed, no word better captures the atmosphere of the past year than vax. The Australian National Dictionary have announced their Word of the Year as strollout. Meaning "the slow implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Australia." “It’s yet another example of how a truly Australian expression can make waves globally,” Dr Laugesen said. “It’s also captured a very particular moment in our nation’s history. The pandemic has had a profound impact on our society and lives.” The Cambridge Dictionay has announced its Word of the Year as perseverance. In 2021, people all over the world have had to show perseverance in the face of challenges and disruption to our lives from COVID-19 and other problems. Collins Dictionary has announced their Word of the Year as NFT, which is also on our shortlist. Merriam-Webster selected vaccine as their Word of the Year. Interest in the definition of this word was intense in the past year: lookups for vaccine increased 601% year-over-year from 2020. But interest in the word has been high since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with much discussion of the funding, development, testing, and ultimate distribution of the vaccines occurring in 2020. The prominence of the word vaccine in our lives in this era becomes even more starkly clear when we compare 2021 to 2019, a period in which lookups for the word increased 1048%.