'Halal snack pack' wins people's choice word of the year
UPDATE: The public has spoken!
Macquarie Dictionary announced today that the phrase, halal snack pack, is the winner of the People's Choice Word of the Year for 2016.
"The significance of halal snack pack is that it tells us about something once confined largely to the Muslim community, is now surfacing throughout the broader Australian community," the selection committee advised.
The runners-up for the public choice prize were alt-right and fake news.
Fake news was the word (or phrase) of the year in 2016, according to the Macquarie Dictionary committee.
EARLIER: IT'S the current buzz word being widely used by US President Donald Trump's camp when responding to media outlet reports about the size of the crowd at the 45th president's inauguration.
The Macquarie Dictionary definition for the noun is: "disinformation and hoaxes published on websites for political purposes or to drive web traffic, the incorrect information being passed along by social media".
Macquarie Dictionary editor Susan Butler said the committee's choice was driven by 'fake news' being a significant part of life in 2016.
"We have suddenly turned around from demanding that the media generally published the facts, and nothing but the facts, to accepting that it would be seen as clever strategy to publish disinformation and alarming bits and pieces that were entirely untrue as a way of grabbing people's attention," Ms Butler said.
"And (its use) as a political tool to win people over to vote. Particularly as a political tool, it has become very, very alarming."
'Fake news' is one of about 1000 words added to the Macquarie Dictionary each year, of which 700 are new and 300 are given a new meaning.
From 2016's list of new words, the dictionary committee has selected 15 which it's now encouraging the public to vote on for the People's Choice Word of the Year 2016.
Some have been chosen for the clever construction and others because they were a significant term used in 2016.
On the list of new words for 2016 are 'halal snack pack' and 'enby', both of which received special mention, along with 'alt-right', 'shoefiti', 'racebending', 'bubble soccer', 'standing desk', 'greige', 'filter bubble' and 'fatberg'.
WHAT DO THEY ALL MEAN?
(Politics, adjective) 1. extremely right-wing. -noun 2. such a person. 3. the alt-right, the far-right political movement. [alt- alternative + right (wing)].
(Sport, noun) A soccer game in which each player wears an inflated plastic torus shaped sheath covering the upper body and head. Also, bubble football. From the idea that the player is inside a bubble.
"Enby is an interesting construction; it has moved from the abbreviation NB (for non-binary) to a word in its own right. Gender identity has been a powerful part of the political discourse in Australia over the past year," Ms Bulter said.
(Social Interest, adjective) Not identifying as male or female; non-binary. Noun (plural enbies) 2. a non-binary person. Pronunciation of NB standing for non-binary.
Disinformation and hoaxes published on websites for political purposes or to drive web traffic, the incorrect information being passed along by social media.
(Environment, noun) A congealed mass in a sewer system consisting of material that does not break down, as fat, sanitary items, etc, which has to be removed to unblock the system. [fat + (ice)berg]
(Internet, noun) An information environment which, because of the ability of search engines on the internet and technology on social media to build on the user's personal preferences, ultimately excludes all information that is not in accord with the user's opinions.
(Fashion, adjective) A warm grey colour, that is, grey with some brown in it; blend of grey and beige.
Halal snack pack
"The significance of Halal Snack Pack is that it tells us about something once confined largely to the Muslim community that is now surfacing throughout the broader Australian community," Ms Butler said.
(Eating and Drinking, noun) A fast food comprising layers of hot chips, grated cheese, halal doner kebab meat, garlic sauce, barbecue sauce and chilli sauce.
(Health, noun) An administrative support person who assists a patient to manage their illness and make the best use of the health system by coordinating healthcare teams and resource providers.
(Technology, noun) A skyscraper built using super-strong, engineered wood products which are as tough as steel or concrete. [ply(wood) + (sky)scraper]. From the notion that the technology used in making plywood has been extended to create strong wood products such as cross-laminated timber.
(Arts, noun) The process of altering the ethnicity of a character in a book, film, etc, for a new version of it.
(General Interest, noun) An alarm on a fire engine or other emergency vehicle which emits a low frequency sound designed to alert people who are prevented from hearing an ordinary alarm by traffic noise, mobile phones with ear plugs, etc. Also, rumbler siren.
(Colloquial, noun) The practice of tossing shoes, joined by the laces, over power lines, high branches on trees, etc. [shoe + (graf)fiti].
(Business, noun) A desk which is raised to a height so that the person using it can stand, the desk being fixed at that height or being adjustable to the height required for sitting or standing.
(Agriculture, noun) A perennial apiaceous plant of WA, Platysace deflexa, with a sweet-tasting yellow tuber; bush carrot; Ravensthorpe radish. [Australian Aboriginal; Nyungar].
To vote for your favourite from the list above, go to www.macquariedictionary.com.au/resources/view/word/of/the/year.