Word for Word #8 Word of the Year 2016

Feb 13, 2017

Join us as we go behind the scenes in the selection process for Macquarie's Word of the Year. We listen in on the Word of the Year committee meeting, featuring guest judges Dom Knight and Annabel Crabb; the dictionary team reflects on how the extraordinary politics of 2016 collided with our language last year; and Sue Butler is the guest of honour at a kebab house.

Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.


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Sue Butler and Sam Dastyari eating a halal snack pack Sue Butler and Sam Dastyari eating a halal snack pack

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Read more about the topics discussed in this episode:

What's your Word of the Year?

The Committee's Choice for Word of the Year 2016 goes to...

The People's Choice for Word of the Year 2016 goes to...

Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year 2016 in the news

The Editor's take on the Word of the Year 2016

One word, two words


Word for Word is produced by Kate Sherington for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.

Thanks to The University of Sydney, our Word of the Year partner, for hosting the committee meeting, and to our wonderful 2016 judges: 

  • Dr Michael Spence
  • Professor Stephen Garton
  • Anne Bell
  • Professor Nick Enfield
  • Annabel Crabb
  • Dom Knight
  • Kate Grenville

Thanks also to Senator Sam Dastyari and the generous people at Metro One, Ashfield. 

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. Sam Dastyari's halal snack pack review in the Senate is used by permission of the Australian Parliamentary Library. All sound effects are public domain or via Soundsnap.

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