Bachelor’s handbag named Australian word of the year

Bachelor’s handbag — a roast chicken takeaway in a plastic bag — has been chosen by Australians as the new word of the year, Macquarie Dictionary said Tuesday.

The Australian English Dictionary defines the term as ‘colloquial (humorous) noun, roast chicken to take home’.

Its origin is explained as follows. “

The phrase, which topped an online poll, combines the Australians’ irreverent wordplay with their love of chicken, also known as ‘chook’.

Takeout chicken shops can be found in many Australian suburbs, and few pub menus don’t offer chicken schnitzel or chicken parmigiana (parmigiana).

“We’ve gotten quite a bit of feedback that some people are calling it a merchant thing. [tradesperson’s] It’s either a handbag or a bachelor’s briefcase,” says Macquarie Dictionaries managing editor Victoria Morgan.

“And then, of course, there’s a little bit of backlash. But I think they miss the point a little bit. Someone’s saying, ‘Oh, I have a family. I don’t have to be single.'” No, No, it’s just a name,” he said.

Other gems added to the lexicon include the ‘spicy cough’ of COVID-19 infection and the ‘gigafire’ of wildfires consuming more than 100,000 hectares.

“Orthosomnia” also earned an entry, although not of Australian origin. Insomnia refers to insomnia “induced by preoccupation with getting the amount and quality of sleep recommended by wearable tracking devices, often thought to cause anxiety.”

It was “teal” that the dictionary committee officially chose as word of the year.

More than just a color, teal also defines a new troop of independent politicians who have combined green and conservative blue policies that made headlines in May’s general election. .

“It’s hard to surpass Teal as a symbol of Australia’s political climate in 2022,” the committee said.

The Macquarie Dictionary announcement has landed less than a week after the National Dictionary Center of Australia chose ‘teal’ as its word of the year.

The center’s shortlist includes “cooker,” a derogatory term for those protesting COVID-19 vaccines and lockdowns, and “quiet quit smoking,” for employees who are not working beyond their designated hours and duties. was included.

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