Winning Word of the Year 2011
The Committee's choice for Word of the Year 2011 is:
noun a swimsuit designed for Muslim women, comprising leggings and a tunic top with a hood. [Trademark; BURQ(A) + (BIK)INI]
Word of the Year Committee member David Astle said of the choice, "As a wordsmith I am delighted by a word that has a Q without U and ends with an I."
The Committee would like to give honourable mentions to:
noun an economy characterised by areas of growth reflecting regions which are booming, and areas of decline reflecting regions which are less prosperous.
noun the productivity of a cow in terms of the quality and quantity of its milk, assessed by udder shape and size, pedigree, genomic screening, etc.; used as a judging criterion in competitions.
noun Politics an item made public by a government, usually in a media release, as good publicity for the government or as a distraction from bad publicity.
And the People's Choice Award, as voted by the public, goes to:
noun (in oil and gas mining) a process by which fractures are made in rock by the application under pressure of chemically treated water mixed with sand to natural or man-made openings in order to gain access to oil or gas supplies, considered by some to be associated with groundwater contamination; hydraulic fracturing. [shortened form of fracturing]
To see all the fascinating words that were under consideration this year, click on the category links below. The most popular words in each category were:
Business: patchwork economy
Communications: disaster porn
Eating and Drinking: food porn
General Interest: photobomb
Health: food coma
Politics: soy cap intelligentsia
Social Interest: party house
Sport: stair climb
Check out some of the media coverage in response to the choice of burqini:
'Burqini' named Word of the Year | SBS News
'Brurqini' Word of the Year? Frank that? | Aidan Wilson | Crikey