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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2015

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  • Sam F, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    I want a word that means why do we have to keep fighting for the same things over and over again. Latest issue. Radio NZ cutting staff including one of my favourite programmes, the gentle and intelligent, Nights. We had a big public meeting to save RNZ a few years ago and here we have to do it again and again.

    That's a shame - I really enjoy Nights, the only radio programme I reliably listen to almost every day. Don't particularly care if that makes me a young fogey in some people's eyes (I'm not that young anymore anyway).

    No idea what new word to invent, but there's a great old one. Beats me what the gods are punishing us for, though.

    Right, I'll stop introducing derails now...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Danyl Mclauchlan,

    Twitsplaining: verb. informal. Mode of discourse in online debate deploying a combination of neologisms, portmanteaus, animated gifs, insults and exasperated complaints about how stupid everyone else is to try and win people to your point-of-view

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • JLM,

    Boom. As in housing price inflation, especially Auckland. Also the noise created when that bubble turns to bust. And the sound of melting glaciers crashing ito the sea. And of unprotected trees falling. And of historic buildings being desecrated in Palmyra. And guns going off killing people everywhere. Even the mating call of the kakapo which has just had the private bit of its protection money withdrawn by a poverty-calling aluminium smelter. You get the idea...

    I had hopes that 2015 might be the year when most people started to wake up and get enraged. I still think it might be looked back at as a landmark year, from Corbyn to Canada to COP21 starting to pull together. Just not in New Zealand

    Judy Martin's southern sl… • Since Apr 2007 • 239 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Red Pique
    Blaming everything on Labour....
    :-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    It reminds us of our national sport in a parallel universe: farnarkling.

    Like
    ;-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I would also like to propose a word I have heard so often this year, a word you probally all hear when spending time in cafes as people read their "Newspapers",
    when we hear what our esteemed "Elders" are doing for us.....
    fufuxache

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Julie Macdonald,

    OIA

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2009 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Disappointingly, Lorde did not then go on to record a hit single caled ‘Berm’.

    There's still time.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2925 posts Report Reply

  • Alex McKegg,

    Evaluate - it is the International year of evaluation after all.

    Red Beach • Since Apr 2014 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Really? No love for CampbellLive?

    Given huge support here and throughout NZ I thought it was a good suggestion

    It is, but were still only at the suggesting stage, not the voting stage.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2925 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    "As a victim of sexual violence......"

    "Leave the chamber"

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1585 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    fufuxache

    I find I have ready receptors for this...
    How could a word this perfect have been hidden from us for so long - like some newly discovered ancient South American city redolent with eldritch dread thrust up from the miasmic stench of the unspeakable Elders inhumanity...
    ...the scales fall from my eyes aieee aie fffurrffffugs ssskk....

    <the rest of the manuscript is torn away beyond that point>

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7848 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    fufuxache

    I have to agree with Ian. While the spelling is a bit fresh to perhaps qualify as an actual "word of the year", it's a tried and true phrase I have deployed way too often this year.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    We really do need a like button - even if it is only there just for Ian's posts.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4445 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Lyall,

    "Nimby"

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    I'm going to suggest
    islamophobia

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    the scales fall from my eyes aieee aie fffurrffffugs ssskk….

    Something I rarely speak but often type and read: FFS.
    [See also WTF and WTAF. Somehow typing those caps gets out the frustration.]

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3886 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    We really do need a like button – even if it is only there just for Ian’s posts.

    Autolike.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3886 posts Report Reply

  • william blake,

    Text plain ffs.

    Since Mar 2010 • 377 posts Report Reply

  • Angela Hart,

    It's OIA for me with Campbell Live or similar second

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Bennett,

    'Review' as a synonym for 'cancel' or 'make redundant' or 'succumb to political pressure'.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to william blake,

    Text plain ffs.

    fufuxache! ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    How about "Refute"
    As in "LA LA LA LA, I AM IGNORING YOU".

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    fufuxache

    I find I have ready receptors for this…

    Yes. Fufuxache.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    “Auckland housing bubble”
    “[Redacted]”
    "Red Peak"

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5410 posts Report Reply

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