Does an infovore eat their own words?

The Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year for 2013 is: infovore. 

Macquarie Dictionary has announced infovore as the Word of the Year 2013 from the list of new words selected for inclusion in the annual update of the Macquarie Dictionary Online.

The overall winning word was selected by the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year Committee:  Dr Michael Spence (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney), Professor Stephen Garton (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Sydney), Anne Bell (Director of University Libraries, University of Sydney), Catriona Menzies-Pike (Arts Editor, The Conversation) and Susan Butler (Editor of the Macquarie Dictionary).

So what does it mean?

infovore: (noun) a person who craves information, especially one who takes advantage of their ready access to it on digital devices.

A comment from the committee

The committee thought that the coinage infovore was a response to the perception that we now had access to information all the time. The smart phone made it possible to find out immediately what we wanted to know. For some people knowing that whatever questions life threw at us the answer was a click or two away was a liberating experience. Indeed they were in danger of becoming addicted to this rush of instant information. This was a word that reflected a significant change in how we conducted our lives.

The committee also gave honourable mentions to: firescape and cli-fi.

Thousands of votes were cast on Macquarie Dictionary Online during January to determine the People’s Choice Word of the Year for 2013. This year the winning word was: onesie.

(noun) 1. a loose-fitting one-piece suit, usually of a stretch fabric, gathered at the wrists and ankles and loose at the crotch. 2. a one-piece stretch garment for an infant, with or without legs and sleeves, sometimes enclosing the feet. [one + -s- + -ie] 

The runners-up were: marriage equality and showrooming

Category winners were: Agriculture – dining boom; Arts – fanfic; Business – showrooming; Colloquial – facepalm; Communications – churnalism; Eating and Drinking – coffee cupping; Environment – firescape; Fashion – onesie; General Interest – watch and act; Health – enabler; Internet – Streisand effect; Politics – marriage equality; Social Interest – generation debt; Sport – barefoot running; Technology – dumb phone.

For a full list of nominated words and their definitions visit

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