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Dec 4, 2017

You’ve almost certainly never used 2017’s word of the year

The Australian National Dictionary Centre has surprised Aussies with a word of the year that most of us have never heard of -- "kwaussie".

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

The Australian National Dictionary Centre has surprised Aussies with a word of the year that most of us have never heard of.

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8 thoughts on “You’ve almost certainly never used 2017’s word of the year

  1. Xoanon

    Seems like a tacky publicity stunt for the ANDC. At least the Macquarie Dictionary’s annual list usually contains neologisms you’ve actually heard used.

  2. lostcause

    So will Speedo produce the first Kwaussie cossie this week?

    1. Mike Smith

      With a velcro-removable Commonwealth star to change the country.

  3. Vernon

    KWaussie, not that far removed from how Maori “Aussies’ often describe themselves as “Mozzies”.

  4. Steven McKiernan

    First use of ‘kwaussie’ was in a New Zealand newspaper article in 2002 about Rusty Crowe “Go Russell”
    according to ANU anyway

  5. AR

    I fail to understand why ‘robodebt’ didn’t come to the fore – everyone knows the word and most loathe the concept.

  6. Emanuel Grima

    Is kwaussie pronounced as quasi ozzy? Nearly Aussie, but not quite.

  7. Itsarort

    Let’s get the order right at least: “OZikwi”