01 PM | 08 Feb

Macquarie Dictionary #Word of the Year 2014, #mansplain [#geekgirl]

The Macquarie Committee’s Choice for 2014 goes to:


verb (tColloquial (humorous) (of a man) to explain (something) to a woman, in a way that is patronising because it assumes that a woman will be ignorant of the subject matter. [MAN + (EX)PLAIN with s inserted to create a pronunciation link with explain] –mansplainingnoun

The Committee chose mansplain as the word of the year for 2014. They felt that it was a much needed word and it was a clever coinage which captured neatly the concept of the patronising explanation offered only too frequently by some men to women.

The Committee would like to give honourable mention to:


noun the application of strategies or shortcuts used to simplify or improve any aspect of one’s life. [LIFE + HACKING2] –lifehackernoun

binge watching

noun the practice of viewing a favourite television series, seeing many episodes in one extended sitting. Also, binge viewing.

bamboo ceiling

noun a barrier created by prejudice which hampers the progress of Asian Australians to positions of leadership in government and business institutions. [modelled on GLASS CEILING]