‘Matilda’ named Australia’s 2023 phrase of the 12 months

The huge reputation of Australia’s girls’s soccer staff is one for the historical past books: “Matilda” has been named Australia’s phrase of the 12 months.

The soccer staff, known as the “Matildas” or Tillies for brief, completed fourth on the Women’s Fifa World Cup in August.

Their semi-final match towards England was the most-watched TV program in Australia since 2001, reaching greater than 11 million viewers. 

Their success swept the nation, with Matildas on banners at pubs and residing rooms.

The Australian National Dictionary Centre, based mostly on the Australian National University, selects a phrase or expression that has gained prominence within the Australian panorama over the previous 12 months.

The Centre’s Director Dr Amanda Laugesen mentioned this 12 months’s alternative was simple given the large reputation of the staff and the phrase’s lengthy historical past in Australian English.

She mentioned it additionally displays the expansion of curiosity in girls’s staff sports activities.

“From the 1880s, matilda was one of the names for a swag, a bag of possessions carried by an itinerant man looking for work. These days most people would only know this in relation to the song Waltzing Matilda,” Dr Laugesen mentioned.

“It’s solely because the mid-Nineteen Nineties that the ladies’s soccer staff has been known as the Matildas, however after this 12 months’s World Cup the phrase has as soon as once more cemented itself within the Australian lexicon.”

World Cup: Following within the Matildas’ footsteps

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rm/msh (AFP)