Should these words go in the Macquarie Dictionary?

Jun 06, 2017

June 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.

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 new words - skullet - a roofless mullet - top is bare either by shaving or balding.

Macquarie Dictionary new words - brown poppy syndrome - mainstream Australia's tolerated success of people of colour as long as they don't point out systemic, racial discrimination.

Macquarie Dictionary new words - migrainism - prejudice against people who suffer from migraines.

Macquarie Dictionary new words - complected - of a specified complexion.

Macquarie Dictionary new words - trigender - identifying as male and female and non-binary at once, sometimes switching between genders regularly

Macquarie Dictionary new words - oversharenting - when parents share too much and too often about their children on social media.

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Angela - June 30, 2017, 9:06 a.m.

Some words are wonderful to use at a given time—particularly some blended words. Whether or not they need a place in the national dictionary is another point. For example, I suggest that oversharenting is a colourful and pertinent but hopefully short-llved. I am not sure about the protocols of dictionaries; are dictionaries bound to print every makey-up word that travels around the globe, whatever the perfection of the word in its context? I'm not so keen on a dictionary entry for 'migrainism' despite its currency. 'Oversharenting', likewise. Both work well, and I hope they turn up in the national conversation but not necessarily in the dictionary, yet. I still have no idea what 'complected' means' despite its definition listed here, and skullet has a place, as an addendum to mullet, in this context. 'Brown Poppy'? It's got to be used; my jury is out on the birth of modern idioms. Trigender serves a purpose, particularly if it helps towards finding a word or words to define the letters LGBTQ+. We need something here.
Enough! I can never find a word when I need it, so its good fun looking at these.

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