It’s that time again, when highlights of the year-that-was start to appear. Not that anyone really needs to be reminded about 2020 (or probably wants to remember!).
It should be no surprise then, that the Aussie word of the year is covid related. Our word is… *drum roll* …ISO.
In typical Aussie style we have shortened “self-isolation” to iso – and it only took us until March this year to have done so. It’s used in the same way, “I’m in iso”. But we also use it as a pre-fix, eg iso workout or iso haircut.
Shortening words is the norm in Oz. We shorten everything:
– Maccas (McDonalds, who have finally accepted our Aussie naming)
– firies (firemen)
– sanga (sandwich)
– g’day (good day)
– ute (utility vehicle)
But what we really love to do is to shorten and add an “o” onto the end of the word (luckily iso comes with its “o” already in place):
– garbo (garbage man)
– dero (derelict)
– arvo (afternoon)
– doco (documentary)
– servo (service station – what we call a gas station in Australia)
– bottle-o (liquor store)
– journo (journalist)
– aggro (aggressive)
– muso (musician)
– rego (registration for your car)
– devo (devestated)
– ambo (ambulance)
– avo (avocado)
– roo (kangaroo)
– reno (renovation)
– smoko (from smoke break, now more a short break for a cuppa)
– compo (compensation)
– typo (typing error)
What do you think the word of the year should be?