Democracy sausage has been named Australian Word of the Year 2016.
Democracy sausage: A barbecued sausage served on a slice of bread, bought at a polling booth sausage sizzle on election day.
The Australian National Dictionary Centre, based at The Australian National University, selected democracy sausage because of its increased prominence in Australia in a year of election campaigns.
Democracy sausage was chosen from a shortlist which included census fail, smashed avo, shoey, deplorables and Ausexit.
For more information on the Australian Word of the Year click here.
The 2016 Word of the Year and shortlist are selected by the editorial staff of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, who with Oxford University Press publishes the Australian National Dictionary of words and phrases unique to Australia.
The Australian National Dictionary Centre undertakes research into Australian English in partnership with Oxford University Press, and edits Australian dictionaries for Oxford University Press.
The Word of the Year is based on extensive research as well as public suggestions. Vote for your 2016 Australian Word of the Year:
Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year 2016 is post-truth. For more information read their blog post.
View the previous Words of the Year on the ANDC blog page: