Word of the day

04/12/2017

Kwaussie –  a person who is a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand, a New Zealander living in Australia, or a person of Australian and New Zealand descent.

This is the Australian National Dictionary Centre’s word of the year.

Amanda Laugesen, director of the ANDC, said the word — a portmanteau of Kiwi and Aussie — came to newfound prominence during the dual citizenship crisis that has so far prevented six senators, one deputy prime minister, a senate president, and one MP from holding office. . . 

But the citizenship mess was not the first time the word kwaussie had been used.

One of its earliest citations labelled Russell Crowe a kwaussie, calling him “what you get when you cross a Kiwi who can’t decide whether they’re a Kiwi or an Aussie”.

 


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