AHalal snack pack, also known as an HSP, is a hearty pile of kebab meat, chips and sauce which has become a staple of Australian takeaway shops.
It’s perhaps an unlikely platform for political debate, but this year the dish rocketed into Australia’s national consciousness.
The Macquarie committee said the choice of the halal snack pack as word of the year “tells us about something once confined largely to the Muslim community that is now surfacing throughout the broader Australian community“.
The dictionary’s editor, Susan Butler, said, “I can understand why this dish has become the fast food item of the day. It is carboloaded, calorific sinfulness. Once started on it, you cannot stop.“