“Democracy sausage” has been announced as Australia’s word of the year after the term was embraced at this year’s national election to describe the tradition of grilling sausages on braais for hungry voters at polling booths.
Australia’s National Dictionary Centre, which chooses the year’s most prominent word, said democracy sausage emerged victorious after it gained a large exposure on social media during the July 2 election.
Australian National Dictionary editor and researcher Julia Robinson said: “Democracy sausage is, we think, pretty much the best thing to come out of the federal election. We reckon it won the popular vote.” The dictionary defines democracy sausage as “a barbecued sausage served on a slice of bread, bought at a polling booth sausage sizzle on election day”. It beat other short-listed contenders, including the word ‘shoey’, which is the act of drinking alcohol from a shoe, made popular by Australian Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, and the term ‘smashed avo’, which is short for the popular breakfast of smashed avocado on bread or toast. Democracy sausage will be added to the next edition of the Australian National Dictionary, which was last published in August and has 16 000 uniquely Australian words.