Sunrise hosts baffled after Australia's Word of the Year' is revealed

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    Sunrise hosts are left baffled after Australia’s ‘Word of the Year’ for 2021 is revealed – as David ‘Kochie’ Koch admits he’s ‘never even heard it’


    Sunrise hosts Natalie Barr and David ‘Kochie’ Koch were left baffled on Wednesday morning after ‘strollout’ was unveiled as Australia’s Word of the Year for 2021.

    The winning word, chosen by the Australian National Dictionary Centre, is defined as ‘the slow implementation of the Covid-19 vaccination programme’ – a nod to Australia’s less than impressive vaccine rollout during the pandemic. 

    Kochie was quick to slam the choice, saying he had never ‘heard anyone use it’.

    Dumfounded: Sunrise hosts Natalie Barr and David 'Kochie' Koch were left baffled on Wednesday morning after 'strollout' was unveiled as Australia's Word of the Year for 2021

    Dumfounded: Sunrise hosts Natalie Barr and David ‘Kochie’ Koch were left baffled on Wednesday morning after ‘strollout’ was unveiled as Australia’s Word of the Year for 2021

    ‘I talk a lot, we talk for three hours each day here, and I don’t think I have ever used the word strollout or even heard it,’ Kochie, 65, said.

    New reader Edwina Bartholomew said it was ‘so iconically Australian that it had been picked up around the world,’ to which Kochie responded: ‘So how did it go around the world as distinctly Australian if Australians haven’t heard it?’

    After Edwina and sports presenter Mark Beretta both said they’d never heard ‘strollout’ used in conversation, Natalie Barr, 53, claimed she had – but admitted she had never used the word herself.

    Champion: The winning word, chosen by the Australian National Dictionary Centre, is defined as 'the slow implementation of the Covid-19 vaccination programme' - a nod to Australia's less than impressive vaccine rollout during the pandemic

    Champion: The winning word, chosen by the Australian National Dictionary Centre, is defined as ‘the slow implementation of the Covid-19 vaccination programme’ – a nod to Australia’s less than impressive vaccine rollout during the pandemic

    ‘I’ve heard it. It was definitely used when we weren’t getting as many vaccines out,’ she said.

    ‘I’ve never said it, but it was definitely used.’

    Kochie then challenged the entire team to use the word strollout in some context ‘every half an hour’ to prove his point.

    Baffled: 'I talk a lot, we talk for three hours each day here, and I don’t think I have ever used the word strollout or even heard it,' Kochie, 65, said

    Baffled: ‘I talk a lot, we talk for three hours each day here, and I don’t think I have ever used the word strollout or even heard it,’ Kochie, 65, said

    Last year’s winner was another linked to the pandemic; the word ‘Iso’, which is slang for the word isolation.

    Australian National Dictionary Centre Director Amanda Laugesen said ‘strollout’ was used this year because it had apparently made its way overseas from the shores of Australia.

    ‘It’s yet another example of how a truly Australian expression can make waves globally,’ she explained.

    'I’ve heard it. It was definitely used when we weren’t getting as many vccines out,' Nat Barr said. 'I’ve never said it, but it was definitely used.'

    ‘I’ve heard it. It was definitely used when we weren’t getting as many vaccines out,’ Nat Barr said. ‘I’ve never said it, but it was definitely used’

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