READING UP: Lucas Herring and Charliee Weatherley got familiar with the words in the Macquarie Dictionary.
READING UP: Lucas Herring and Charliee Weatherley got familiar with the words in the Macquarie Dictionary. Erin Smith

Readers get worded up on the best lingo to use in 2013

CONSTANTLY looking at your phone or pulling it out of your pocket because you thought you felt it vibrate?

You could have phantom vibration syndrome, or PVS.

According to the Macquarie Dictionary definition, PVS is a constant anxiety in relation to one's mobile phone and an obsessional conviction that the phone has vibrated in response to an incoming call when in fact it hasn't.

And this year 'phantom vibration syndrome' has been dubbed the winner in the 2012 Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year competition by the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year Committee.

Peachcot - a combination of peach and apricot, took out first place in the agriculture section.

While yarn-bombing, a well-used word in Warwick in and around July, won the word of the year in the arts category.

All of the top words will be included in the Macquarie Dictionary.

Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine said it was fantastic yarn-bombing was going to become a recognised word.

"It is part of our daily language over here," she said.

"We had volunteer training the other day and I was speaking about yarn-bombing.

"One of the volunteers said 'What, what is that you said?'.

"She had never heard of it before.

"It is just fantastic it is being included."

Suzanne Usher, from Warwick, was amazed at some of the words on the list.

"It is scary that we have to include some of these words in the dictionary," she said.

The Daily News put a poll on the website yesterday asking people to say what word they would have voted for.

At the time of print the most popular word was wine flu.

Which word would you have voted for this year's 'Word of the Year'?

This poll ended on 30 June 2013.

Current Results

Peachcot

0%

Trap music

0%

Yarn bombing

17%

Wine flu

29%

Phantom vibration syndrome

8%

Passive drinking

20%

Mummy porn

11%

Technomite

11%

Solidarity tourism

0%

Fourth age

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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