Should these words go in the Macquarie Dictionary?

Mar 01, 2017

March 2017

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.






macquarie dictionary goon layback laying down while someone pours wine from a goon bag into your mouth.

Macquarie Dictionary - Dunning-Kruger effect - being of far below average intelligence but believing oneself to be extraordinarily gifted.

Macquarie Dictionary - yellowface - similar to blackface but for white performers to be made up to look Asian.

Macquarie Dictionary - guncle - a gay uncle.

Macquarie Dictionary - binosaur - a big old powerful obsolete computer.

Macquarie Dictionary - dab - a hand movement where you cover you face with you elbow and extend your other arm out in the same direction. This is also a dance move.

See other words suggested to the Macquarie Dictionary here.

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Margaret - April 27, 2017, 9:12 p.m.

Tsk tsk: LAYING down while someone pours wine.. . . into your mouth. Laying down the law, presumably.

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Macquarie Dictionary Admin - April 28, 2017, 11:52 a.m.

Whoops, yes, we've fixed that up now. Blame it on the goon?

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Rebecca - May 1, 2017, 2:16 p.m.

No to adding "dab" to the dictionary. According to the local 10 year old, this word is out and must not be used for fear of sounding "so 2016". Yes, he actually said that.

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