POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 11, 2014 AT 23:47 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 11, 2014 23:47 IST

The Australian National Dictionary Center has named “shirtfront” its Australian word of the year. And, no,  it does not have anything to do with losing one's shirt, or even taking it off, as Mr Putin is often wont to do.

Shirtfront (Australian Rules) noun, "A fierce tackle, usually delivered by the shoulder to the chest of an opponent." verb, "The act of delivering such a tackle."—Oxford Australian Dictionary.

The first we heard of the word was when addressing the Australian Parliament in Canberra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said,

"(as) the third head of the government you are listening to this week, I do not know how you are doing this. Maybe this is Prime Minister [Tony] Abbott's way of shirtfronting you."

Mr Modi was of course taking a potshot at the Australian Prime Minister who, earlier in October this year, had talked of his plans to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 11, 2014 AT 23:47 IST, Edited At: Dec 11, 2014 23:47 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 05, 2014 AT 23:31 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 05, 2014 23:31 IST

Or perhaps it should be called a case of any publicity is good publicity, for Chetan Bhagat's announcement of a new book had Twitterati all charged up today. And as always, almost everyone seemed to have an opinion on the yet-to-be-released new book by the best-selling author:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 05, 2014 AT 23:31 IST, Edited At: Aug 05, 2014 23:31 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 26, 2014 AT 23:29 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 27, 2014 00:29 IST

Doing the rounds on social media today is this epic English song. Vennu Mallesh, who writes his own lyrics and sings 'in English only' composed this song titled 'It's My Life Whatever I Wanna Do' almost two years along. Now that it has gone viral, the video has garnered some 4,031,064 votes.

You ask why? See for yourself.

And he has a warning for everyone too: "Don't believe me, I am a true liar"

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 26, 2014 AT 23:29 IST, Edited At: Jul 27, 2014 00:29 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 19, 2013 AT 23:49 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 19, 2013 23:49 IST



A picture can paint a thousand words, indeed. It was unanimous, this year, says the

...with little if any argument. This is a little unusual. Normally there will be some good-natured debate as one person might champion their particular choice over someone else’s. But this time, everyone seemed to be in agreement almost from the start. Other words were considered, as you will see from our shortlist, but selfie was the runaway winner. It’s not a new word. For starters, it has already been included in Oxford Dictionaries Online (although not yet in the Oxford English Dictionary), and we wrote about it as part of our occasional Words on the Radar series back in June 2012. But our Word of the Year need not be a new word. However, it does need to demonstrate some kind of prominence over the preceding year or so and selfie certainly fits the bill. It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet. If it is good enough for the Obamas or The Pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year.

(also selfy)
Syllabification: (sel·fie)
noun (plural selfies)
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website:
occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary

early 21st century: from self + -ie

Other words that were considered this year but lost out to the winner included:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 19, 2013 AT 23:49 IST, Edited At: Nov 19, 2013 23:49 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 13, 2012 AT 21:41 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 13, 2012 21:41 IST

So it is official now. The word of the year for Oxford Dictionaries UK is Omnishambles, while their USA counterparts have chosen Gif as their word of the year. 

  • omnishambles, noun, informal: a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations

Originally used in the British political comedy television series The Thick of It, omnishambles has gained momentum throughout 2012 as a word used to describe a comprehensively mismanaged situation, characterized by a shambolic string of blunders, said the press release by the Oxford dictionaries.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 13, 2012 AT 21:41 IST, Edited At: Nov 13, 2012 21:41 IST
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