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'Iso' named Australia's 2020 word of the year

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The Australian National Dictionary Centre has recognised the dominance of COVID-19 by naming "iso", an abbreviation of "isolation", as the word of the year.

The word was chosen from a shortlist of five expressions, only one of which was unrelated to the virus. That term was "Black Summer", a reference to the catastrophic 2019-20 bushfire season.



Does anyone else use "iso" for when you are in isolation?  Australians always find a way to mangle a word, usually shortening it to be uniquely Aussie.

"We had 'iso baking' — you put on the 'iso kilos' from your 'iso baking' and wind up with an 'iso waistline'.

"We had 'iso bubbles' and 'iso haircuts' and 'iso fashion'.

"It was quite a linguistically productive word." 😄



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When I was working, Iso was an abbreviation of isometric and referred to isometric drawings of oil refinery piping.

CAUTION: The comments above may contain personal opinion, speculation, inaccurate information, sarcasm, wit, satire or humor, let the reader use discernment...:D


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11 hours ago, hatcheckgirl said:

Australians always find a way to mangle a word, usually shortening it to be uniquely Aussie.

Say what? Can I have iso with my drink as I contemplate the meaning of this new expression? LOL 

Man was created as an intelligent creature with the desire to explore and understand :)


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