Kwaussie

Australian Geographic - - Geobuzz - By Kel Richards

The Aus­tralian Na­tional Dic­tionary Cen­tre (ANDC) has de­cided their Aus­tralian Word of the Year (emerg­ing from the past 12 months) is kwaussie: a con­trac­tion of ‘kiwi’ and ‘Aussie’ and mean­ing some­one who is part Aus­tralian and part New Zealan­der – such as poor old Barnaby Joyce, who thought he was Aussie through and through, but found he’d ac­quired New Zealand cit­i­zen­ship with­out know­ing it.While I un­der­stand the top­i­cal­ity of the word, is it re­ally a word? I ad­mire the ANDC and its bril­liant head, Dr Amanda Lauge­sen, but kwaussie? Has it re­ally been part of our na­tional conversation? Has it ap­peared in print all that of­ten? Is it a word that rolls off the tongue of talk­back call­ers on ra­dio? Un­til the ANDC chose it, I hadn’t heard of it. Had you? Does this work for you as the Aus­tralian Word of the Year? Let me know at kel.richards@2CH.com.au

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