The Macquarie Committee’s Choice for 2014 goes to:
verb (t) Colloquial (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] –mansplaining, noun
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] –lifehacker, noun
noun the practice of viewing a favourite television series, seeing many episodes in one extended sitting. Also, binge viewing.
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]