Word of the Year 2021 | Shortlist
The Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year voting is open now. The below shortlist was chosen from the 15 categories under consideration for Word of the Year 2021.
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noun Colloquial a nasopharyngeal swab, as used for COVID-19 testing.
noun a strategy designed to encourage customers to shop at bricks-and-mortar stores rather than online, as by providing personalised service, pleasant surroundings, etc.
Also, brick bait.
noun a variant (B.1.617.2) of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19.
Also, Delta variant.
noun adaptive clothing in the form of a jumpsuit elasticised at the waist, with a zip at the back to prevent the wearer from undressing, especially as designed for people living with dementia, Alzheimer's disease, etc.
noun the practice of ingesting powdered pre-workout supplements or protein powder without mixing with water or milk as directed.
noun a cake which is prepared by combining the ingredients directly in the cake tin or dish in which it is to be baked.
verb (t) Colloquial to betray (someone) openly, without subterfuge.
Also, front stab. –front-stabber, noun
verb (t) Internet to link oneself to (a site on a social network) even though one dislikes or disagrees with the content being shared.
noun the misleading marketing of a product sourced from animals, deceptively giving the impression that the animals have been treated humanely.
last chance tourism
noun tourism to locations with endangered landscapes or geological features, or which are habitats for endangered species.
Also, last-chance tourism.
noun Colloquial a breakdown in one's mental health.
Also, menty b.
noun a unique digital certificate which uses blockchain technology to certify ownership, authenticity and scarcity of a digital asset, such as a digital image, video, tweet, domain name, etc.; non-fungible token.
noun Colloquial a person who steals parcels which have been left outside a home by a deliverer.
–porch piracy, noun
noun the stress experienced by the driver of an electric vehicle when they are unsure of reaching their destination or a recharging point before the vehicle's battery runs out of power.
noun an increase in mental health problems and domestic and family violence attributed to living with the stresses and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
adjective having an interest in reducing one's consumption of alcohol or in giving it up altogether.
noun Colloquial (humorous) the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Australia, with reference to the perceived lack of speed.
noun the social environments where people spend time away from home or work.
Also, third space.
verb (t) 1. to rebuke (a person) for having beliefs that are perceived to be accepting of prejudice or discrimination.
–noun 2. a person who issues such rebukes.