The Australian National Dictionary Centre’s Word of the Year for 2017 has been revealed and Aussie’s are very, very confused…
“Kwaussie” has won the top spot this year, however according to comments on social media, most people have never even heard of it.
The ANDC describes the word as “a person who is a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand; a New Zealander living in Australia; a person of Australian and New Zealand descent.”
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Amanda Laugesen, Director of the ANDC, said the word came to prominence in recent months during the dual citizenship crisis which engulfed the Australian Parliament.
“It was used to describe the most high-profile casualty of the crisis, Deputy Prime Minister and National Party leader Barnaby Joyce,” Dr Laugesen said.
“He revealed to parliament in August that, despite being born and bred in country New South Wales, he was also a New Zealander by descent.”
Hence the term… ‘Kwaussie’
The ANDC says the first evidence of the word was found in a 2002 New Zealand newspaper article discussing Russell Crowe and that there are also alternative spellings of kwozzie and kwozzy.
Other words to make the shortlist were: ‘makarrata’, ‘jumper punch’, ‘postal survey’, ‘robodebt’, and ‘Waxit’.
This is the first time I’ve heard the word #Kwaussie
— Frances Mao (@francesmao) December 3, 2017
“Kwaussie” is word of the year? I’ve never once heard it used. Talk about a lame attempt to capture the zeitgeist. pic.twitter.com/t4kYsuaN1t
— James Massola (@jamesmassola) December 3, 2017
Serious question: has anyone ever heard of, or used, the word “Kwaussie”?
— Jane Norman (@janeenorman) December 3, 2017