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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2014

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  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Sacha,

    see, Tom has his moments

    And he never post LOL cat pics.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • tonyH,

    I can't believe so many have skirted around it:

    Slatergate

    Pakuranga • Since Nov 2011 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • tony mcartney,

    "Cut the crap"

    christchurch • Since Dec 2014 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    "John Key's National"

    Somebody in the National Party's marketing department must have done a global search and replace, producing such niceties as "your John Key's National candidate"

    +1 to refute, #dirtypolitics, Gamergate, TeamKey

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Margaret Nancy Davies,

    deadeyed duplicity

    Grey Lynn • Since Dec 2014 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    funny that

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • Sukie Damson,

    This was new to me & Russel Norman today. ARSE CLOWN. .

    You have to look it up in the urban dictionary.

    Amazed I didn't hear it this year. Maybe one for 2015.

    Since Dec 2014 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Screaming Left-Wing Conspiracy-Theroist

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • izogi,

    Tumultuous.

    I'm starting to cringe ever time I read or hear it in the MSM, as if they've been running some kind of inside competition to slide it into as many reports as possible.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Lilith __,

    Screaming

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • Alastair Jamieson,

    Long beaten to nominating "dirty politics", I'm just going to vote that it will be the eventual winner.

    The only other suggestions I have are TPPA and denial, although today's "procedural abomination" probably deserves merit.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 99 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Alastair Jamieson,

    Long beaten

    never whipped

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Sukie Damson,

    This was new to me & Russel Norman today. ARSE CLOWN

    It's at least a decade old:

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10631 posts Report Reply

  • 81stcolumn,

    Probably a little obscure but.....

    OIA

    Chop chop

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    I've noticed this year that nobody criticises any thing - they slam it, according to the MSM.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • Samuel Scott,

    swearwolves

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to weka,

    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.

    I liken the current situation to just after when President Nixon was handily re-elected in 1972, despite the nascent Watergate scandal. It was when the full after-effects of Watergate made their presence felt that he was in real trouble, and I suspect the same will happen here.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5415 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Petyt, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Me too, but I fear we suffer from wishful thinking.

    Japan • Since Apr 2014 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to izogi,

    the 'tum' essence...

    Tumultuous

    +1
    it's a swell word -
    To moult is to lose feathers,
    a Tumulus is a burial mound,
    thus this goose is cooked,
    while they make mountains
    out of molehills,
    them chickens are home,
    to roost in peace...

    Tumult really does describe Parliament
    under National though:

    a loud, confused noise, esp. one caused by a large mass of people. Confusion or disorder...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7886 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    yay, a non-politics word

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    it's a swell word -
    To moult is to lose feathers,
    a Tumulus is a burial mound,

    beautiful.
    cheers

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • Soon Lee,

    Ebola.

    It's been with us all year (first case in December 2013), with no end in sight.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Susan Snowdon,

    Push back

    Since Mar 2008 • 110 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to weka,

    and still affecting the political process and media in NZ?

    Is it? Really? What has actually changed?

    Sure, we discuss it. And yes most folks here think it's one of the biggest political events for decades (including me). And yet it has changed nothing. Same govt, same media hacks, same bloggers dishing out lies, same TV commentators, same dickheads on The Panel, same urgency.

    And as far as I can tell the majority of kiwis are just fine with that.

    I totally agree it will almost certainly be WOTY. But that apparently doesn't count for anything outside this bubble.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4450 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew C,

    Can someone explain why pffft was listed as a contender. Its been posted a few times so i'm guessing it refers to something or some incident.

    Auckland • Since May 2008 • 167 posts Report Reply

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