Word of the Month

Learn the Meaning and History of Australian Words

The Oxford Word of the Month is written by members of the Australian National Dictionary Centre (ANDC) and published each month by Oxford University Press. Each Word of the Month looks at an Australian word or term in some detail, providing a history of the term and its role in current Australian society.  If you wish to receive Word of the Month by email you can subscribe here.

Click here to find out the International Word of the Year for 2016.

2017 Word of the Months

Turbo chook - January

2016 Word of the Months

Koala diplomacy - December
Melbourne Cup field - November
Baggy green - October
Hip-pocket nerve - September
Bush bride - August
Deso - July
Convict class - June
Tag dag - May
Kangaroo mile - April
Bush politician - March
Field day - February
Australian tea - January

Click here to find out Australia's Word of the Year for 2015.
Click here to find out the International Word of the Year for 2015.

2015 Word of the Months

Humidicrib - December
Schmick up - November
Flagfall - October
CUB - September
Tip turkey - August
Hoon operation - July
Hubbard - June
Spill - May
Big stoush - April
Ned Kelly beard - March
Eggshell blonde - February
Fridging - January

For archived issues of Word of the Month, please visit the Australian National Dictionary Centre's website here.