Word of the year 2014

It’s been a year chock-full of memorable trigger words, from Tony Abbott’s call for Aussies to band together for ‘Team Australia’ to the renaming of King Hit to ‘Coward Punch’. However, it’s no surprise what is the National Dictionary Centre’s official word of the year.


When Prime Minister Tony Abbott this year threatened to “shirtfront” President Vladimir Putin, the world got on board, quickly adopting the phrase into popular vernacular.

The word has certainly been tossed around in our office once or twice, but what does it actually mean? A brutal shoulder charge in Australian rules football (AFL) where a player instead of tackling an opponent, bumps them forcefully in the chest.

Other words that made the shortlist are:

  • Man bun
  • Team Australia
  • Ned Kelly beard
  • Coward Punch

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