‘Kwaussie’ was first utilized in 2002 to explain actor Russell Crowe
Sydney, Australia: Impressed by a twin citizenship disaster plaguing politics in Australia, the time period “Kwaussie” — a mixture of Kiwi and Aussie — was Monday picked as phrase of the 12 months.
It had been used sparingly prior to now to explain a twin citizen of Australia and New Zealand, however took on a brand new lease of life when Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce came upon he additionally had Kiwi citizenship in August.
He was the best profile scalp of a constitutional provision barring twin residents from serving in federal parliament, with eight lawmakers pressured to resign to this point.
“In a time of covfefe, faux information, and tweetstorms, the Australian Nationwide Dictionary Centre has seemed for a phrase of the 12 months that’s each lexically attention-grabbing and Australian,” the centre’s director Amanda Laugesen mentioned in a press release.
Laugesen mentioned “Kwaussie” was first utilized in 2002 to explain actor Russell Crowe.
“He was described as a Kwaussie — what you get whenever you cross a Kiwi who cannot determine whether or not they’re a Kiwi or an Aussie,” she mentioned.
“Subsequent proof suggests its use is predominantly Australian, discovered mainly in social media, and in addition discovered with spelling variants together with Kwozzie and Kwozzy.
“Due to the 2 Kwaussies recognized as ineligible to take a seat in parliament — Barnaby Joyce and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam — the time period is now changing into higher recognized.”
Joyce robotically acquired New Zealand citizenship by his father, and was pressured to contest a by-election on the weekend, which he gained comfortably.
The citizenship disaster has engulfed a lot of MPs who declare to have unknowingly held twin citizenship, and threatens extra with politicians given a deadline of this week to come back clear about their standing.
The Australian Nationwide Dictionary Centre is a serious centre for lexicographical analysis, conducting analysis into Australian English and modifying dictionaries.
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