The Australian Dictionary word of the year for 2020 has been announced but what does it even mean?
The Australian word of the year has been announced but what does it even mean?
The Australian National Dictionary Centre said the word ‘strollout’ was the word of the year for 2020.
The term was coined by ACTU boss Sally McManus who used the word to describe Australia’s Covid vaccine rollout in a tweet.
Twitter users were quick to praise the word.
“Strollout is a crack-up name for it,” one said.
“Thanks for the laugh first thing this morning – it’s spot on,” another added.
The term is defined as “the slow implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Australia”.
It was picked up by plenty who opposed the Morrison government’s vaccine rollout.
Former Labor leader Bill Shorten used a similar line to attack the government saying the vaccination program had “been more strollout than rollout out”.
Meanwhile, ABC radio host Richard Glover took the phrase internationally.
A piece he wrote for The Washington Post was headlined ‘Australia’s vaccine strollout shows the dangers of Covid complacency’.
Other words on the shortlist – which will be considered for the 2023 edition of the Australian National Dictionary include; double-vaxxed, Clayton’s lockdown, Fortress Australia, AUKUS and net zero.