Word for Word #43 Word of the Year 2021

Dec 01, 2021

In this, the final episode of season 6, we join the Word of the Year Committee to discuss which word was crowned the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year 2021, the selection process and other words from the short list.

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. 

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Words & Definitions

  • brain tickler
  • brick-bait
  • Delta
  • dignity suit
  • dry scooping
  • dump cake
  • front-stab
  • hate-follow
  • humane washing
  • last chance tourism
  • menty-b
  • NFT
  • porch pirate
  • range anxiety
  • shadow pandemic
  • sober curious
  • strollout
  • third place
  • wokescold


Additional links

Word of the Year 2021

Word of the Year 2021 Shortlist

Suggest a Word

Word for Word episode #29 Word of the Year 2019

Word for Word episode #37 Word of the Year 2020



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