Macquarie Dictionary’s Word of the Year is supposed to be one that encapsulates the past year’s events and is indicative of the trends that impacted the nation.
Following on from this criteria, you might suggest: Fleek, Doughnut, Bae, Kale, or Man-Bun as options for Word of the Year, 2015.
But you would be wrong. According to ‘The Committee’ at Macquarie, none of these words are indicative of the year that was.
The chosen word? “Captain’s Call.”
“Captain’s call perfectly encapsulateeuronews (in English)
s what happened in Australia over the past year. There has been an interesting change in usage; an infrequent item of the jargon of cricket makes the leap into politics and is now being used generally with an ironic tinge to it that is very Australian,” write The Committee on the Macquarie Dictionary website.
Well firstly, ‘Captain’s Call’ is two words. It’s not even hyphenated, guys.
And secondly, The Committee sounds a little bit too much like a secret organisation of nameless, billionaire philanthropists and I’m not sure I trust their judgement.
Abbott made the term Captain’s Call (in)famous as a way of
justifying explaining his choice to make decisions without consulting others within his cabinet.
WATCH: Tony Abbott defend his ‘Captain’s Call’ of giving Prince Phillip a Knighthood.