Should these words go in the Macquarie Dictionary?

May 31, 2016
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May 2016

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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Edwina - June 1, 2016, 10:38 a.m.

I don't think the words should be added to Macquarie. Kind of meaningless. "Out with the ark" is a phrase anyway.


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Lish - June 3, 2016, 5:37 p.m.

Mpreg is such a weird word...


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tash - June 6, 2016, 9:40 a.m.

I've never heard or seen these words in my life (I'm in my 20s...)


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Kerry - June 14, 2016, 5:12 p.m.

You could put any noun in front of lust - it wouldn't make it a new word. Ridiculous suggestion and beneath the Mac.

Mpreg - now I know that you aren't serious and that these 'words' are a joke ... or the Mac has lost relevance.

Nothing wrong with the original - mates.

Agree with Edwina.


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Josephine - June 15, 2016, 11 a.m.

I think it would be helpful to have the Macquarie in three sections: words like roneo and gestetner that are now passe; current words; and possible future words like greige and chonk.

Also think it would be helpful to have a "Did you mean ...?" function available. If you don't spell the word right when searching for a definition, the Macquarie simply denies all knowledge!


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Macquarie Dictionary Admin - June 15, 2016, 2:10 p.m.

Hi Josephine,

Thank you for your feedback.

If you are unsure of the spelling of a word, try the fuzzy search by selecting the 'Did you mean?' box located above the search bar.


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Sarah - June 15, 2016, 11:18 a.m.

Yes to aphantasia; dead cat; greige; dead cat; out with the ark.
NO to chonk; greeder, impreg and baby lust ... all smack of social media obsession.


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Paul - June 17, 2016, 2:01 p.m.

- "Out with the ark" has been in use for yonks. I'm surprised it's not there already.
- "Greeder" - never heard of it. I'll be just as happy if I don't see it again.
- "dead cat" is already in use as in: "not much room to swing a dead cat" or "can't swing a dead cat", so this new proposal may create some confusion. Never heard this new usage.
- "baby lust" - never heard it before in this context, but sounds somewhat analogous to "feeling clucky" judging from the description.
- "aphantasia", never heard of it but seems okay in concept.
- "mpreg" - no thanks, sounds too much like "impreg" and I've never heard of it before and it's most likely to be a passing fad or have very limited and temporary fad usage.
- "greige" well, again, never heard of it, but other online dictionaries say it means "Not bleached or dyed; unfinished. Used of textiles"
- "Chonk" is the stage name of a USA musician, also appears in the urban dictionary as an Australian colloquialism for sex:
"Picked her up in the pano (panel van) took her to the top carpark, chonked her!". It kinda sounds familiar, but I don't recall it personally.
Then again, I'm an old fart I guess. But even so, I do wonder if MD researched any of these words in literature and on the web?


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Judie - June 29, 2016, 9:03 a.m.

Out with the ark is surely just a phrase - that went out with the ark... I don't think the dictionary should add faddish words like mpreg or greeder. I have no objection to such words - we all like to play with our language, but maybe just have a separate dictionary or section for potential fly-by-night entries. If they're still around in five years then move them across. I find the M dictionary is lacking in long-established words and maybe that's because all your time is spent finding 'new' ones.


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Macquarie Dictionary Admin - July 12, 2016, 11:41 a.m.

What words have you been unable to find Judie? Please let us know so we can investigate.


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Robyn - July 9, 2016, 7:20 p.m.

Out with the Ark is such an old saying that it hardly needs an entry. All the rest are so obviously made-up and immature that they don't merit entry in the Macquarie. Actually, I think I would have hesitated in renewing my subscription if I had seen this list first.


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Riona - July 18, 2016, 1:03 p.m.

mpreg? weird word but either way some people have different tastes so no point in judging them


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anthony - July 26, 2016, 4:29 p.m.

chonk is already there


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Christina - Aug. 14, 2016, 6:27 p.m.

I Really Don't Know But I Believe Maybe Not Its Not Really Suitable.


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Shane - Oct. 19, 2016, 10:53 a.m.

"Dead cat" is the only one I've ever seen used, and hence the only one I could support.


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