Macquarie Dictionary: Vote for your favorite ‘word of the year’ in 2021
The Macquarie Dictionary wants your vote for the word of the year, and given that you’ve hardly heard of most of the shortlisted, let’s agree on a winner.
If the past couple of years have left you a little bit of a liar and you’re feeling a little sober and curious after all the lockdown cocktails you’ve had to cope with, then you’re not alone. You’re also not the only one with multiple puzzles, or hate following a few accounts just to vent your frustrations with a wake-up call.
Now all of those words to describe the chaos of these Covid-19 times could actually become official.
Every year the Macquarie Dictionary gives us a list of new Australian slang with words preselected to be part of it. This year the Australian Dictionary asks you to vote before their own experts make their choice on the “word of the year”.
“This is the final Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year list for 2021,” they wrote in a Twitter post. “This year, we’re keeping our word of the year choice close to our chest until you’ve decided on the audience’s choice. #WordoftheYear Make your vote count! “
The list is peppered with words that describe the experiences, effects and boring activities that a pandemic imposes on us. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know half of what I said in my opening paragraph, I admit I really never heard of menty-b (aka, a cute and funny way) to talk about that mental breakdown that we’ve all had at least once in the past few years).
This might be the first time I’ve heard the term “brain tickler” (which means those super fun Covid-19 test swabs that they stick to your snoz), but I have definitely described the feeling of ‘get one in exactly the same way.
I am also very willing to introduce “front stab” into my vocabulary, which means “to betray (someone) openly”. Why keep this a secret, especially after the ridiculous amount of reality TV shows that we’ve all numbed our brains from locking up with proving you’ll always be discovered at the end anyway.
Although I did experience a “porch hacker” (ie someone stole the package I ordered for myself during the lockdown that was left outside my house ), I just didn’t have that perfect phrase to describe them. I almost hope it happens again, just so I can use it.
Other shortlisted words and terms include:
- Sober curious – be interesting in reducing or giving up drinking (i.e. me after every night now that the lockdown has made my tolerance so low).
- Hate to follow – when you follow someone who has opinions you hate on social media, what’s written on the box does too, really.
- Dump cake – apparently that’s when you throw all the cake ingredients straight into the mold. Is this really something we can do now? Because it appeals to my inner lazy leader.
- Cruelty-free washing – deceptive marketing to make you believe that animal products were purchased cruelty-free.
- Last chance tourism – another sad (sorry) meaning traveling to a place where this might be your last chance to see endangered species or geological features.
- Stroll on – in reference to Australia’s weak effort around the vaccine and credited to Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus when she tweeted: “We don’t have a vaccine rollout, we have a release vaccine “.
You can view the full list and vote on their site. Not to color your opinion (but also, do as I say) but the Covid-19 inspired doomscrolling won last year, so it’s fitting that we have justice for menty-b this year.