Word for Word #30 It’s wine time!

Jan 16, 2020

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.


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Words & Definitions

Macquarie Dictionary definitions from this episode:


cask wine

chateau cardboard

box monster

vino collapso


lady in the boat

red ned





orange wine



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?



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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.

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