AFP-Jiji SYDNEY (AFP-Jiji) — Inspired by a dual citizenship crisis plaguing politics in Australia, the term “Kwaussie” — a mix of Kiwi and Aussie — was Monday picked as word of the year.
It had been used sparingly in the past to describe a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand, but took on a new lease of life when Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce found out he also had Kiwi citizenship in August.
He was the highest profile scalp of a constitutional provision barring dual citizens from serving in federal parliament, with eight lawmakers forced to resign so far.
“In a time of covfefe, fake news, and tweetstorms, the Australian National Dictionary Center has looked for a word of the year that is both lexically interesting and Australian,” the center’s director Amanda Laugesen said in a statement.
Laugesen said “Kwaussie” was first used in 2002 to describe actor Russell Crowe.
“He was described as a Kwaussie — what you get when you cross a Kiwi who can’t decide whether they’re a Kiwi or an Aussie,” she said.