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Aussie Word Of The Year announced and we've never even heard of it

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The Australian National Dictionary Centre has announced our most iconic word of 2021, but we're not sure it's even real.

With the launch of a global pandemic and many trapped in their homes for months on end, last year's stand-out word was understandably 'isolation' or 'iso'.

2021's iconic term on the other hand is far less predictable - in fact, most Aussies have probably never even used the word!

"STROLLOUT"

It's a combination of words coined by Sally McManus, who used it in the first half of the year when the nation's vaccination roll-outs were underwhelmingly slow.

It is defined by the Australian National University as "the slow implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Australia."

The Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions immortalised the word in a tweet on May 13.

'We don't have a vaccine rollout, we have a vaccine strollout,' McManus wrote.

'Aged and disability care workers were all meant to be vaccinated by now. They are not.'

'It's less than three weeks until winter - where is they urgency?'.

Since the word's inception, the likes of Bill Shorten and New Zealand's Newsroom have utilised 'stroll-out', with the term also crossing international borders through the Washington Post.

Dr Amanda Laugesen, Centre Director at the ANDC, says it was inevitable that a COVID-related word would trump this year's competition.

'It’s yet another example of how a truly Australian expression can make waves globally.'

'It’s also captured a very particular moment in our nation’s history. The pandemic has had a profound impact on our society and lives.'

While some claim it's a terrible pun attached to a hyper-specific moment in time, others have thrown support behind the idiom.

'Strollout is a crackup name for it', wrote one Twitter user.

The 2021 word of the year shortlist also saw mentions of double-vaxxed, fortress Australia and net zero. Perhaps we'll see those pop up at the top of the list next year!

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