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.