So it’s little wonder the Australian National Dictionary Centre’s word of the year is closely related to the social phenomenon imposed on populations to contain the spread of the deadly pandemic. The Australian National Dictionary Centre selected “iso” from a long list of COVID-19-related terms. The Australian National University-based body picks a word each year that has gained prominence in the national social landscape, and senior researcher Mark Gwynn said the winner stood out for its characteristically Aussie abbreviation. “Not only is ‘iso’ distinctively Australian in usage, it has also been linguistically productive by combining with other words to form compounds such as iso baking, iso bar, iso cut and iso fashion. • driveway: used in compounds referring to individual Anzac Day vigils in 2020, such as ‘driveway Anzac service’ and ‘driveway Dawn Service’.