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A bit about the categories for the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year

The Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year has a shortlist consisting of at least one word from each of our categories. Our editors have gone through to give us some insight as to what each category entails below.

  • Arts – including literature, film, fine arts and music.
  • Business – associated with finance and corporations.
  • Colloquial – informal and slang language.
  • COVID-19 – related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Eating and drinking – food, beverages and cooking.
  • Environment –  the natural world, and our effect on it.
  • Fashion – clothing, accessories and trends.
  • General interest – everything else!
  • Health – medical, psychological and well-being.
  • Internet – online terminology.
  • Politics – government and elections.
  • Social interest – human interactions, families and relationships.
  • Sport – exercise, physical and mental competitions.
  • Technology – computers, robotics and machinery.

Don’t forget to review the shortlist and vote to have your say in the People’s Choice Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year for 2022 when voting commences!

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