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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2014

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  • Kumara Republic,

    There's another one: Taxpayers' Onion. Though it might have been a Freudian slip on Russell's part.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

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

    One day I'm going to find time to compile a list of overseas words that we use that make no sense in a NZ context and no one bitches about using them at all.

    Starting with everything-gate. It makes no sense to just grab the gate part and tag it onto anything, but we do.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Seems I might have sparked a Twitter trend with my Paddy Gower pun upthread. Always a heartening sign when Twitter backdraft can be converted to merciless satire.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    all gas and '-gaters'...

    It makes no sense to just grab the gate part and tag it onto anything,

    I know!
    by that logic Nixon shoulda been caught out in a Watergate-gate scandal!
    or 'plumber-gate' at least...

    seems '-gaters' gonna gate, no matter what....
    lazy trope shorthand be damned!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Dodgy Pawer... or Dowdy Pager?

    Paddy Gower puns

    I'm liking that 'speaking truth to Gower' offering....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    multi-level marketing?

    Taxpayers’ Onion

    it's enough to make ya weep
    or is it just a case of
    Alliaceae through the looking glass?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    Starting with everything-gate. It makes no sense to just grab the gate part and tag it onto anything, but we do.

    That -gate one is so bad it's even used in Chinese, where whatever latest scandal or "scandal" is a something-or-other -门/-mén.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Kim_Wright,

    I know Dirty Politics probably has it in the bag but has anyone nominated this one yet?

    "contested"

    I imagine the new OECD report will be described as such in light of Bill English's i/v on RNZ this morning.

    Wellington • Since May 2009 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • st ephen,

    #dirtypolitics, defined as "a Totally Refuted Lift Wung Consprissy Theory Which Everyone Does Anyway".

    dunedin • Since Jul 2008 • 254 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to st ephen,

    #dirtypolitics, defined as “a Totally Refuted Lift Wung Consprissy Theory Which Everyone Does Anyway”.

    If we'd all been to 'good schools' we wouldn't need to be told that.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Puny Glower

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

  • Lilith __,

    Twitter Rant

    Beloved of MSM and non-tweeters. Often a single, slightly snippy tweet from a celebrity. See also Twitter Feud : an exchange of one or more tweets between celebrities. Or a single tweet from a celebrity referencing another celebrity.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to 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.

    It's what John Key says when under pressure in the House.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Jones,

    Not too concerned - as in what our PM seems to often be despite what goes on around him!

    Over the Bridge, Auckland… • Since Jun 2009 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Lilith __,

    Twitter Rant

    Beloved of MSM and non-tweeters. Often a single, slightly snippy tweet from a celebrity. See also Twitter Feud : an exchange of one or more tweets between celebrities. Or a single tweet from a celebrity referencing another celebrity.

    #twitfight

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

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

    Have you not seen the proposed route?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Julian Melville,

    'Hagar'. With an 'a'. The number of times that cropped up this year...

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 200 posts Report Reply

  • David R, in reply to Jesse Easton,

    Soylent Brown

    AKL • Since Sep 2008 • 21 posts Report Reply

  • Ironheart,

    Twitterati

    New Zealand • Since Mar 2014 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Alec Morgan,

    “FJK!”

    Tokerau Beach • Since Nov 2006 • 123 posts Report Reply

  • Kim_Wright,

    Speaking of beltway........

    What did the zero say to the eight?

    Nice Belt!

    Wellington • Since May 2009 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • Phil Stewart,

    Key Lie Massacre

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Joe,

    mansplain

    Auckland • Since Dec 2014 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    A word we haven’t had but I would like is a term for text bugs introduced by a programmer into source code through not realizing the editor has focus, e.g:


    data.each do |datum|
    datum.update_special 12, hey do you want to go for a beer eh?
    end

    Fingerpoos?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Alec Morgan,

    Also referred to as, [bleep] John Key.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

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