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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2014

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  • Kumara Republic,

    And I predict another blog-related word might trend within the next 3 years: rancid.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Curtis,

    Oxford dictionaries WoY was "vape"

    Collins came up with Photobomb

    As for twerk, it is far far better as
    image of the year

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Craig Lucinsky,

    running away with the circuits...

    This makes me yell at my transistor every time.

    Perhaps you need some resistors...
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Ewan Morris, in reply to weka,

    Do you have an appropriate NZ alternative for beltway, given it get used as an analogy rather than literally?

    Can you have an analogy with something that doesn't exist? At least there is a beltway in Washington.

    Given the number of quays in central Wellington (Lambton, Waterloo, Thorndon, Aotea), how about Quay - "That is such a Quay issue" ;-)

    Since Nov 2006 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • paul drone, in reply to Ewan Morris,

    How about #teamquay?

    wellington • Since Dec 2014 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    I’m sorry but it has to be Dirty Politics possibly the #dirtypolitics version or the verb as Giovanni suggests. The PAS thread with this heading started in August, is still active and today is up to 156,000 views. Is that a record?

    Textual Relations and Beltway would be my second and third choices with Cut the Crap as a late runner.

    Perhaps you could just send the prize to Nicky Hagar as the author of the most used phrase this year. Could we also elect him as New Zealander of the Year or even the decade?

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Cut the Crap as a late runner

    I'd love for Cut the Crap to win WOTY2015.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • daleaway, in reply to Ewan Morris,

    As I said on another blog some months ago, Wellington does not have a beltway, but it does have a Quay Ring.
    Also a Key Ring.
    One is lovely and has shops, and the other is ugly and has Black Ops.

    Since Jul 2007 • 198 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Perhaps you need some resistors…
    ;- )

    I thought they were futile?

    I’d love for Cut the Crap to win WOTY2015.

    Me too.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 825 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    O'Key, for when it's not Okay.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Petyt, in reply to Ewan Morris,

    There's no Watergate, AFAIK, but we get the odd ~gate suffixed 'scandal'.

    Japan • Since Apr 2014 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Petyt,

    Johnkey

    Not as common as it ought to be considering how often the country's favourite pundit pops up in the media with soundbite after soundbite but this rushed sounding eponymous portmanteau gets me every time.

    Unfortunately I think ISIS might be the killer word of the year. (Pun intended).

    Japan • Since Apr 2014 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • weka, in reply to Ewan Morris,

    Can you have an analogy with something that doesn’t exist? At least there is a beltway in Washington.

    That's why it's analogy of something that does exist, and it's why people use it.

    Interestingly Thorndon Bubble means far less to me, as it's never been part of my milieu (had no idea what Thorndon was until you said).

    Since Dec 2014 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • weka, in reply to Josh Petyt,

    Johnkey

    There's Jokeyhen too.

    Since Dec 2014 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    far canal...

    send the prize to Nicky Hagar

    Nicky Hager will be heading to Venice for the Biennale next year, as an adviser on Simon Denny's NZ contribution 'Secret Power'...

    Though what a shame to see Jenny Gibbs redirecting her 'Medici-like arts patronage' away from this because she doesn't like Hager's involvement - at least she is still donating to ex-hubby's hobby party ACT. - putting the ART in Partisan for the pissants...
    Guess they won't be sending an Aquada over for local transport.

    :- (

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Ewan Morris,

    Given the number of quays in central Wellington (Lambton, Waterloo, Thorndon, Aotea), how about Quay – “That is such a Quay issue” ;-)

    People other than David Farrar (who really, really wants to be NZ's Karl Rove) sometimes refer to it as the Thorndon Bubble, being the line between the Cenotaph and Premier House and some side offices on the Terrace (Treasury, DPMC and SSC, as well as the Reserve Bank). It's also full of hot air.

    Farrar and co are desperate to control the framing of discussions so they work hard to make sure their words are used by the media - it means the media are more receptive to churning National's press releases if they're written in the same language. The Quays are where real people work, live and shop, not the politicians.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2933 posts Report Reply

  • Jesse Easton,

    Chocolate Milk

    Carterton • Since Nov 2006 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    I’m sorry but it has to be Dirty Politics possibly the #dirtypolitics version or the verb as Giovanni suggests. The PAS thread with this heading started in August, is still active and today is up to 156,000 views. Is that a record?

    A big part of me agrees, odds are I'll vote for it. But then two things strike me, first is that while it got a little bit of notice outside NZ, it really is a local issue. Most of the planet would just go, Huh?

    Not that that should matter, this is a local competition, it is after all about what NZ cares about. Which brings me to my second problem with dirtypolitics this year.

    The majority of New Zealanders didn't care enough to get rid of the dirty politicians - how can a word be a word of the year if it had no real effect even in New Zealand.

    If it had made a difference to politics sure. If it had changed a government definitely. But it didn't do either of those things this year ... sadly.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4458 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to weka,

    Sansabelt ...

    Thorndon Bubble

    how about the 'Bowen Triangle" ?
    I hear moral compasses just don't work in the area...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Dean Wallis,

    Something from the entertainment desk - no, not NZ politics but acting, criminals, "the suspension of reality" and devious plots. Oh wait that is National politics...

    Uncoupling

    Point Chevalier • Since Jan 2013 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    how about the ’Bowen Triangle” ?

    That works too, and many a good policy has been lost in it...

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2933 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody,

    Glove-puppets

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • weka, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    The majority of New Zealanders didn’t care enough to get rid of the dirty politicians – how can a word be a word of the year if it had no real effect even in New Zealand.

    If Dirty Politics had no real effect then why is it likely to be top of the list? Why is it still being discussed, still being referenced, and still affecting the political process and media in NZ? It's now a core reference point for everything else that happens. That's huge.

    Since Dec 2014 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • B Jones,

    I think of Dirty Politics as a book title rather than a word. It's used to describe an issue, rather than used in sentences. That's not to downplay its impressive impact on political discourse.

    I think "hacker" or 'hack" deserves a plug because it's got international and local currency, and has reach beyond the election period, and its meaning is contested to stretch from someone who can get into secured computer systems to someone who can guess your password or use your profile after you've failed to log off.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 976 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to B Jones,

    I think of Dirty Politics as a book title rather than a word. It's used to describe an issue, rather than used in sentences.

    Perhaps makes more sense in compressed environments like Twitter.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

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