Democ­racy sausage

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“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.

– Reuters

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