Ever discussed the dark web with a hacktivist? Or photobombed a kibbeh-munching paleo with a selfie stick? Maybe you’re a member of the sandwich generation, in constant fear of a fiscal cliff.
Whatevs. Take a Doona Day.
Selfie stick: One of the new words in the Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary.
The new Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary includes more than 2000 new entries and 3000 updates to existing words to reflect the evolution of English as it’s spoken in Australia.
The sixth edition – released on Monday – includes new words across technology, food, finance and economics, as well as social buzz words.
First the kitchen, now the dictionary: the Paleo diet spruiked by Pete Evans has cemented itself as a real thing with an entry in the Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary. Photo: Seven
First world problem and tree changing make a surprisingly belated entry to the tome.
Food entries include achacha (a large flesh-covered seed from a South American tree) and yuzu (a citrus fruit used chiefly as a flavouring).
Insta makes an inevitable appearance (as in, to use the social media platform Instagram).
Fat shaming (humiliating someone judged to be overweight) has sadly also become common enough to warrant an entry.
The definition of bogan has also been updated. Once the product of a low socio-economic and poorly educated background, bogans are now just “uncultured and unsophisticated” people thanks to the advent of the cashed-up variety.
Mr Right has also undergone a slight makeover, becoming the ideal partner for all, not just single women.
Key new words in the Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary’s sixth edition:
Achacha: The edible fruit of a South American tree with a large flesh-covered seed.
Fiscal cliff: A situation in which a particular set of financial factors cause or threaten sudden and severe economic decline.
Anzackery: The promotion of the Anzac legend in ways that are perceived to be excessive or misguided.
Rurosexual: A fashionable young man living in a country area.
No-platforming: Denying a person an opportunity to speak in public.
Sandwich generation: A generation of people, typically in their 30s or 40s, responsible both for bringing up their own children and for the care of their ageing parents.