Winning Word of the Year 2013

Feb 04, 2014

The results are in and the winning words for 2013 have been decided!

The winner of the Committee’s Choice is…


Macquarie Dictionary has announced infovore as the Word of the Year 2013 from the list of new words selected for inclusion in the annual update of the Macquarie Dictionary Online. The Committee would like to give honourable mention to firescape and cli-fi.

noun a person who craves information, especially one who takes advantage of their ready access to it on digital devices.


The Committee thought that the coinage infovore was a response to the perception that we now had access to information all the time. The smart phone made it possible to find out immediately what we wanted to know. For some people knowing that whatever questions life threw at us the answer was a click or two away was a liberating experience. Indeed they were in danger of becoming addicted to this rush of instant information. This was a word that reflected a significant change in how we conducted our lives.   

 The People’s Choice winner goes to…


Thousands of votes were cast on Macquarie Dictionary Online throughout January to determine the People’s Choice Word of the Year for 2013. This year the winning word was onesie.

noun 1.  a loose-fitting one-piece suit, usually of a stretch fabric, gathered at the wrists and ankles and loose at the crotch.
2.  a one-piece stretch garment for an infant, with or without legs and sleeves, sometimes enclosing the feet.
[one + -s- + -ie] 

The runners-up are marriage equality and showrooming.


To see a list of winners for each category, please visit the Word of the Year page, or download the full press release below.


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