burqini (noun) a swimsuit designed for Muslim women, comprising leggings and a tunic top with a hood.
This was voted by a committee that awarded honourable mentions to patchwork economy, dairyness and announceable. Committee members Susan Butler and David Astle shared the following observations on the Word of the Year site:
"Burqini seemed to be a very cute and successful coinage and what lay behind it was a fusion of culture, in an area of life which is so Australian… life on the beach.” - Susan Butler, Editor of Macquarie Dictionary
"As a wordsmith I am delighted by a word that has a Q without U and ends with an I." - David Astle
There was also a public vote, and the People's Choice award went to fracking.
fracking noun (in oil and gas mining) a process by which fractures are made in rock by the application under pressure of chemically treated water mixed with sand to natural or man-made openings in order to gain access to oil or gas supplies, considered by some to be associated with groundwater contamination; hydraulic fracturing.
What was your vote for 2011's word of the year?