Australia Names ‘Democracy Sausage’ Official Word of The Year

‘Democracy sausage’ has been named Australia’s word of the year on Wednesday by the National Dictionary Centre, after the word was embraced during the national election to describe the tradition of grilling sausages on barbecues for hungry voters at the polls, according to Reuters.

Officials said that the word gained a large amount of exposure on social media during the July 2nd election.

“Democracy sausage is, we think, pretty much the best thing to come out of the federal election, we reckon it won the popular vote,” Australian National Dictionary editor and researcher Julia Robinson told Reuters by telephone from the nation’s capital Canberra.

The dictionary defines it as “a barbecued sausage served on a slice of bread, bought at a polling booth sausage sizzle on election day.”

Other contenders including “shoey” which is the act of drinking alcohol from a shoe popularized by Australian Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo and “smashed avo” which is the popular breakfast snack of smashed avocados on toast.


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