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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2014

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  • Sacha, in reply to Sacha,

    Used as shorthand, in other words.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Sacha,

    I'm leaning towards the #dirtypolitics version.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    As Prime Minister

    I'd also support #dirtypolitics. It's the biggest thing that's happened in NZ politics this year. The election was a mere sideshow.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    ooh,

    #sensitivesausage

    was this year wasn't it?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    did it get any foothold on Facebook?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Grevers,

    Slater (ok, it's a name, but also a word quite descriptive of him - a woodlouse, hiding under rotting logs eating detritus :-)

    Internet Party

    Five Eyes

    Surveillance

    Intelligence (an oxymoron in most uses).

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 143 posts Report Reply

  • Greville Whittle,

    #dirtypolitics

    manyhatted

    Whaledump

    Five Eyes

    Orivida

    Hamiltron • Since Oct 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    "Discombobulated". So many elements--disco, combo, bob ... and widespread confusion?
    "Stella! Stella!", is in Interstellar
    '"Que cera cera"' for Roger Sutton

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2558 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    I'll toss 'pile on' into the kitty.

    Hammer horrors have nothing on the massed pitchforks and torches you get online.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    also - and at the same time acknowledging it as not so much a word as an enthusiastically indulged sport - 'confirmation bias.'

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Final Warning.
    (does anybody remember that?)

    OIA.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    #Ferguson.

    #ICantBreathe

    MH17

    MH370

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Soon Lee, in reply to Ewan Morris,

    The day we stop using 'beltway' to refer to NZ politics cannot come too soon.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 142 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    If we're using the Time "Man of the Year" criteria (i.e. a nomination represents acknowledgement, not approval) then #dirtypolitics gets in not because it 'failed' to move the public, but because it was successfully twisted.

    "Key brushes off Hager's/ Dotcom's/ Left's dirty politics", that kind of thing. See Hosking, Roughan, usual suspects. The Vox Pop of the year would be "I haven't read Dirty Politics because it's dirty politics".

    I agree with "beheading" too - it's there because of, not despite, it's horrible associations. Let's face it, New Zealand's foreign/intelligence/defence policy has been dictated by murderers with cameras, so that's pretty damn influential.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

  • Soon Lee, in reply to Josh Petyt,

    I'm seeing a move away from calling them ISIS (which can be confused for the Egyptian Goddess who some pagans honour) to ISIL (which Prez Obama favours).

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 142 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Should that be "bleat-way"?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2558 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody,

    Obfuscation

    So common - we don't even recognise it as such anymore.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Relaxed

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Felix Geiringer,

    "Refute" - meaning deny.

    New Zealand • Since Aug 2014 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Nicky H also wins the prize for most misspelled (including by me) and mispronounced name. It's Hager like lager.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Felix Geiringer,

    someone had that earlier
    +2

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Attachment

    From the DimPost.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to simon g,

    "I haven't read Dirty Politics because it's dirty politics"

    = 'left-wing smear'

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Soon Lee,

    ISIL (which Prez Obama favours)

    hence our glorious PM echoing it

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    see, Tom has his moments

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

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