Posted on 23 July 2020

Word for Word #36 Word Watch

In this episode of our special "in-iso" season, we chat about new words on the team's radar. Our editors discuss the Karen phenomenon and Beyoncé, while Chief Editor Alison Moore explains dictionary headwords and how two words can win Word of the Year. This is a COVID-19-free episode. If you are interested in new words arising from the pandemic, check out episode #35 A Pandemic of new words.  Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.  You can also explore the 'additional links' below to discover what new words and definitions have been on our editor's minds in recent months.  Subscribe now on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify or your favourite podcast app to get the latest episode delivered direct to your inbox.   Words & Definitions
  • block
  • Culturally modified tree (CMT) 
  • janties
  • IKEA effect
  • Karen
  • multihyphenate 
  • scar tree
  • seened
  Additional links Suggest a Word Word of the Year 2019 Word for Word episode #33 New word mashups Word for Word episode #29 Word of the Year 2019     Acknowledgements Word for Word is produced by Macmillan Audio Australia for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.  Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If. Our logo is by Amy Sherington. All sound effects and clips are public domain, royalty-free, or used by permission. If you like Word for Word, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! It only takes a minute and it helps other people discover the show.      
Posted on 16 July 2020

Word for Word #35 A pandemic of new words

Language around the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve. In this episode of our special "in-iso" season, the team chat about some of the new words that have come into usage as a result of life in the times of COVID.  Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.  You can also explore the 'additional links' below to discover what new words and definitions have been on our editor's minds in recent months.    Subscribe now on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify or your favourite podcast app to get the latest episode delivered direct to your inbox.   Words & Definitions
  • physical distancing
  • social distancing
  • bug boat
  • floating germ incubator
  • cough cloud
  • coronial2
  • zombie fact
  Additional links COVID-19 or Coronavirus?   COVID-19 on the blog  Word for Word episode #33 New word mashups Word for Word episode #32 Defining COVID-19   Acknowledgements Word for Word is produced by Macmillan Audio Australia for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.  Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If. Our logo is by Amy Sherington. All sound effects and clips are public domain, royalty-free, or used by permission. If you like Word for Word, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! It only takes a minute and it helps other people discover the show.      
Posted on 18 June 2020

Word for Word #33 New word mashups

In this special “iso edition” episode, we chat about some of the many new words that have emerged from the global pandemic of COVID-19. One of the most common ways new words are made is by word mashups, or portmanteau words. The massive societal change brought about by coronavirus has resulted in many new words cropping up — from quarantini to covidiot and beyond. We discuss some of the good and bad word mashups in this quick episode of our podcast, Word for Word. Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.  Subscribe now on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify or your favourite podcast app to get the latest episode delivered direct to your inbox.   Words & Definitions Macquarie Dictionary defintitions from this episode:
  • coronavirus
  • photobomb
  • staycation
  Additional Links Read more about the topics and themes discussed: Words to Watch: April Words to Watch: May Read about more portmanteau words on the blog Word for Word Episode #27 Word Watch From 'the Rona' to 'iso', 'covidiot' and 'Boomer Remover' : The words we NEVER knew which we'll have forever - and they are all from coronavirus (Daily Mail)   Acknowledgements Word for Word is produced by Macmillan Audio Australia for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.  Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If. Our logo is by Amy Sherington. All sound effects and clips are public domain, royalty-free, or used by permission. If you like Word for Word, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! It only takes a minute and it helps other people discover the show.
Posted on 4 June 2020

Word for Word #32 Defining COVID-19

In this new episode of a special "in iso" edition of the podcast, Senior Editor Vic Morgan shares some of the different names we use for the virus—from COVID-19 to the Rona. Plus, she clears up the confusion between the meaning of epidemic and pandemic. Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.      Subscribe now on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify or your favourite podcast app to get the latest episode delivered direct to your inbox.   Words & Definitions Macquarie Dictionary defintitions from this episode:
  • coronavirus
  • epidemic
  • novel
  • pandemic
  • SARS
Additional Links Read more about the topics and themes discussed: COVID-19 or the coronavirus? From 'the Rona' to 'iso', 'covidiot' and 'Boomer Remover' : The words we NEVER knew which we'll have forever - and they are all from coronavirus (Daily Mail)   Acknowledgements Word for Word is produced by Macmillan Audio Australia for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.  Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If. Our logo is by Amy Sherington. All sound effects and clips are public domain, royalty-free, or used by permission. If you like Word for Word, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! It only takes a minute and it helps other people discover the show.
Posted on 11 February 2020

Word for Word #31 Fishing for cats, dogs & hats

From catfishing and FOMO, to the rise of the influencer, the internet is a rich source for ever-evolving slang words and expressions. In this special bonus episode, we look at popular internet terms, abbreviations and acronyms that have made their way into colloquial language. Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.    Subscribe now on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify or your favourite podcast app to get the latest episode delivered direct to your inbox. Words & Definitions Macquarie Dictionary defintitions from this episode:
  • clickbait
  • listicle
  • milkshake duck
  • lol
  • FOMO
  • JOMO
  • FOOP
  • FONGO
  • YOLO
  • -gate
  • catfishing
  • hatfishing
  • dogfishing
  • influencer
Additional Links Read more about the topics and themes discussed:
  • Bohemian Rhapsody: 10 phrases made famous by music
  • The Committee's Choice for Word of the Year 2017 goes to...
  • Macquarie shortlist of words of the year | Internet
  • Word for Word #17 Good doggo
Acknowledgements Word for Word is produced by Macmillan Audio Australia for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.  Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If. Our logo is by Amy Sherington. All sound effects and clips are public domain, royalty-free, or used by permission. If you like Word for Word, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! It only takes a minute and it helps other people discover the show.
Posted on 16 January 2020

Word for Word #30 It’s wine time!

We have discussed wine words before on our blog (and many times after a long day of work), but this time, we talk all things wine on our podcast, Word for Word.  From the origins of slang and regionalisms to varietals and naming, as well as the many words used to describe the aromatics and taste of wines, there's a little something for everyone. Plus, the team does some investigative work and puts their noses, palates and vocabulary to the test in a blind tasting. And it wouldn’t be a Macquarie Dictionary podcast if we didn’t also talk a little bit about Aussie slang, particularly that around wine (or as it's more affectionately known, goon). Pour yourself a glass and let’s get started. Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.   Subscribe now on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify or your favourite podcast app to get the latest episode delivered direct to your inbox. Words & Definitions Macquarie Dictionary definitions from this episode:   cask wine chateau cardboard box monster vino collapso plonk lady in the boat red ned goon champagne apera rosé orange wine shiraz   Additional Links Read more about the topics and themes discussed: The Australian Word Map, home to hundreds of Australian regionalisms, some about wine. A discussion about wine words. More information on the origin of the slang word, goon. Etymology of the phrase tie one on. Etymology of the phrase to stand she-oak. A deep dive into Aussie beer sizes. Do you skol or scull a beer?   Acknowledgements Word for Word is produced by Macmillan Audio Australia for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.  Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If. Our logo is by Amy Sherington. If you like Word for Word, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! It only takes a minute and it helps other people discover the show.
Posted on 4 December 2019

Word for Word #29 Word of the Year 2019

It's that time! Take a peek behind the scenes with us as Macquarie Dictionary chooses its 2019 Committee's Choice Word of the Year, cancel culture. We also delve into the Honourable Mentions, ngangkari, eco-anxiety and thicc. And discuss the longlist in a little more detail. We once again join the Word of the Year Committee meeting, hosted at Macquarie HQ, as they debate which word best represents the year. Guest judges include David Astle (radio host, writer and crossword compiler extraordinaire), Beverley Wang (journalist, producer, podcaster), Rudi Bremer (radio broadcaster and producer) and Tiger Webb (ABC Language). Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it. Subscribe now on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify or your favourite podcast app to get the latest episode delivered direct to your inbox.   Words & Definitions Macquarie Dictionary defintitions from this episode: cancel culture ngangkari thicc eco-anxiety flight shaming drought lot silkpunk robodebt cyberflashing dogfishing influencer mukbang sealioning cheese slaw anecdata appointment viewing deepfake enby upcycle carbon sink compostable preservation   Additional Links Read more about the topics discussed: Vote now for the People’s Choice Word of the Year for 2019 Why the Word of the Year is made up of two words?  Read more about Word of the Year on our Blog  Words of the Year around the world for 2019  To cheeseslaw or not to cheeseslaw?   Acknowledgements Word for Word is produced by Macmillan Audio Australia for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.  Thanks in this episode are due to Dr Michael Spence, Professor Stephen Garton, Tiger Webb, Rudi Bremer, Beverley Wang and David Astle. Plus as always the whole team at Macquarie. Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If. Our logo is by Amy Sherington. If you like Word for Word, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! It only takes a minute and it helps other people discover the show.  
Posted on 21 November 2019

Word for Word #28 Talkin’ tech-savvy terminology

We've discussed words around technology before in our podcast. Way back in episode seven, we discussed emoji, hashtags and internet slang. And in episode 17, we looked at technology words of the past and the oft-debated hyphen. In this new episode we further explore the language of technology. How did we speak about the burgeoning computer age 30 years ago, and how do we speak about technology now? The comparison is sometimes astounding and nothing you could ever predict. The team investigates the words that we have used to talk about technology – those that have stayed with us, those that have evolved, and those that have faded over time. Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it. Subscribe now on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Spotify or your favourite podcast app to get the latest episode delivered direct to your inbox. Words and definitions  Macquarie Dictionary defintitions from this episode: email virus / viral bug / millennium bug floppy disk CD-ROM USB cloud cyber- internet tweet crowdsourcing password fatigue phantom vibration syndrome pocket-dial filter bubble algorithmic bias   Additional Links Read more about the topics discussed: Word of the Year 2019 | Coming December 2019 Winning Word of the Year 2012 Words that have extended their meanings   Acknowledgements Word for Word is produced by Macmillan Audio Australia for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.  Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If. Clips and effects used in this episode are available from SoundJay: Computer keyboard 1; and SoundBible: Pling (Public Domain); Hard Drive Clicking (Recorded by: Robertv); Electrical Sweep (Public Domain); Phone Buzz: Phone Vibrating Sound (Recorded by Sound Explorer)  Our logo is by Amy Sherington. If you like Word for Word, leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! It only takes a minute and it helps other people discover the show.