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  • Should climatarian, glass barbie, gray-A and mother wound go in the dictionary?

    May 01, 2018 | 1 Comment


    We're ready to look at some more new words as submitted by you, our readers and fellow word connoisseurs.

    We are always on the lookout for new, emerging and interesting words to add to the Macquarie Dictionary, so please let us know if you know of one. Read more...

  • What lies beneath: A lexicographer’s journey through the alphabet

    Apr 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

    Most dictionary users, unencumbered by the harmless drudgery of lexicography, look words up in any letter of the alphabet, blissfully unaware of what lurks beneath the surface.

    For the dictionary compiler, however, those days of innocence are but a distant memory. Read more...

  • Should bum gun, wall of death, family cloth and whale fall go in the dictionary?

    Apr 04, 2018 | 0 Comments

    Who's down to get a banh mi after the wall of death tonight? Might meet a silver fox there too. But hope he has a bum gun at home and not family cloth! Read more new words here...

  • Hold me closer Tony Danza...

    Mar 26, 2018 | 5 Comments

    Ever wanted to learn to dance the flamingo? Jibe away to the music?

    Whether it be intentional or just a slip of the tongue, most of us have been guilty of a malapropism or two in our time. Read more...

  • If it’s chilly in Chile, just eat some chilli.

    Mar 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

    What is the difference between the words chillichilichilly, and Chile? And more importantly, how can we remember which is which? Read more...

  • Should bottle-o, smombie and deathiversary go in the dictionary?

    Mar 01, 2018 | 2 Comments

    Navigating the smombies to get to the bottle-o in time for a perigee syzygy viewing party is a centennial thing, right? Don't forget to pick up some qukes at the grocer on the way home. Read more new words here...

  • The language of Dickens

    Feb 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

    In my years as a dictionary editor I have found that one thing that stirs the imagination of an audience and puts a certain light in their eyes is the notion that they might make up a word that gets into the dictionary.  I think that what stirs them is the desire to make their mark and leave it for posterity. Read more...

  • Should #metoo, aquafaba & vaguebooking go in the dictionary?

    Feb 07, 2018 | 0 Comments

    Have you ever vaguebooked? Is aquafaba just as good as egg whites? One thing we're sure of, most of us have made a squish burger at least once in our lives. Read more new words here...

  • Why the Word of the Year is made up of two other words

    Jan 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

    Well, the milkshake duck has brought all the people to the yard. Or at least to our twitter feed.

    And they’re like,

    "It’s not one word, it’s two."

  • Your top ten blogs of 2017

    Dec 14, 2017 | 0 Comments


    Counting down from popularity, here's what you and the rest of Australia (and the world) wanted to talk about in 2017. Read more...

  • 12 days of Aussie Xmas

    Dec 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Come with us on a journey through some well-known and lesser known Aussie slang as we count down the days to Xmas. Let us know your favourite or what you'd rather receive instead of say, six proud bin chickens. Read more...

  • More words we hate

    Dec 12, 2017 | 2 Comments

    As we finish collecting and reviewing all the new words from 2017 in preparation for our Word of the Year, it's important to take a moment to reflect also on the words that we didn't like so much. We've talked about words we hate before, and really, some of these are likely still true today. Literally continues to infuriate, and corporate babble like talk offline or deep dive will likely always irk people. Read more...