Madison Creety checks out the Macquarie Dictionary ahead of the Word of the Year being decided.
Madison Creety checks out the Macquarie Dictionary ahead of the Word of the Year being decided. Shannon Newley

New additions are talk of the town

ARE you a slashy working as a selmelier who loves superfruit and wearing meggings but would be devo to find out fracking was creating patchwork economy in your area?

If you didn't understand one or any of these words, don't worry - they could soon be available in the dictionary.

The faithful reference book has begun the search for Australia's word of 2011 - with some colourful, peculiar and downright ridiculous in the running.

Warwick librarian Sam Shelbourn said she wasn't familiar with too many of the words on the list but thought some could stick around.

"Language is a very fluid thing and it does change and adapt," she said.

"New words emerge and that's right and normal but time will tell which ones are fad words."

She said she thought the word fracking - a mining term - would be there for the long haul but didn't hold the same hope for meggings - men's leggings - hoping both the word and fashion style would disappear sometime soon.

She said despite the occasional abomination, she still had faith in the English language.

"The English language is very robust and will survive almost anything, sometimes it may be at the expense of old words," she said.

Categories include agriculture, arts, business, colloquial, communications, crops, eating and drinking, fashion, health, internet, politics, sport and technology.

Voting ends 5pm on Friday, January 27.

Head to www.macquariedictionary .com.au to have your say.

 

Devo: Extremely upset. Completely devo about the team's loss. Also, devo'd, devoed (shortened form of devastated).

Patchwork economynoun: An economy characterised by areas of growth reflecting regions which are booming, and areas of decline reflecting regions which are less prosperous;

Meggings: Leggings for men;

Fracking: A process by which fractures are made in rock by the application under pressure of chemically treated water mixed with sand to natural or man-made openings in order to gain access to oil or gas supplies, often resulting in groundwater contamination; hydraulic fracturing.

Selmelier: A waiter who assists diners in choosing the appropriate salt with which to season their meals.

Slashy: A person who holds down more than one job (from the slash separating the job descriptions eg actor/waiter/hairdresser)

Superfruit: A fruit which is believed to have exceptional qualities in terms of nutrients and antioxidants, as the mangosteen, wolfberry, acai berry.

(Source: www.macquarie dictionary.com.au)

 

OUR PICK

Ronologue: (Source unknown) a prolonged talk or discourse by Southern Downs Mayor Ron Bellingham.

Occurs frequently throughout council meetings and at the occasional public event.


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