Australian National Dictionary Centre

Each year the Centre, based at The Australian National University (ANU), selects a word or expression that has gained prominence in the Australian landscape.

The Centre’s Director, Dr Amanda Laugesen, says that this year there were inevitably words related to the COVID-19 vaccination program.

The 2021 shortlist includes:

  • double-vaxxed: having received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Clayton’s lockdown: a lockdown considered to be inadequate to slow the rate of COVID-19 community transmission.
  • Fortress Australia: Australia regarded as a country protected and isolated from other countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Read the full list here