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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2016

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  • Grant Shimmin,

    Bigly. Surely has to be a word popularised by Donald Trump

    Timaru • Since Dec 2016 • 1 posts Report

  • mark taslov, in reply to JessicaRose,


    2010. Incidentally my sister is the heavyweight champion of mansplainers.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report

  • James Littlewood*, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I know I'm jumping the gun, but I'm with


    I have nothing to add to that. Definitely. Weasels are an imported pest, devouring our natural resources and - by extension - our cultural and economic points of difference. And you couldn't really get more 2016 than that.

    And, while shit-weasel is a gender neutral term, it is far from species neutral. We can join in the whole my-species-is-better-than-your-species rhetoric that has dominated global politics this year, yet from a position of infallible moral safety.

    Fuck off, shit-weasels! Damn, that felt good. Thanks Emma.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report

  • James Littlewood*,

    Having said that:


    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to JessicaRose,

    I’m making a pattern with my suggestions

    We are all of us on a quest for the golden meme
    so that the whole is to the greater part
    as that part is to the smaller part
    looking for a certain ratio...
    a proportion that is considered to be
    particularly pleasing to the eye/ear.

    but I digress...
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

  • Ann Duncan,

    2016. This year.

    New Zealand • Since Nov 2011 • 3 posts Report

  • WaterDragon,

    post-truth. But Trumpenproletariat has legs too

    Behind you • Since Jul 2011 • 79 posts Report

  • Chrys Berryman,

    " Trumpled [by a herd of elephants],Trumpatros[round our necks]
    and 'legacy"[not a used Subaru,but what JK didn't leave behind]

    Pt Chevalier • Since Sep 2014 • 16 posts Report

  • Konrad Kurta,

    Post-truth has to be it. Or "Trust me".

    South Korea • Since Dec 2012 • 43 posts Report

  • Katita,

    I just came across 'gas lighting' in relation to the post-truth world of Trump. Here - I know Teenage Vogue - right?!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 67 posts Report

  • Katita,

    or ... The Donald

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 67 posts Report

  • Daniel Wilton,

    The rise of the Alt-Right has to be considered, as it only really became mainstream this year.

    Brexit and Trumpageddon are both worthy

    Wellington • Since Jan 2009 • 54 posts Report

  • Daniel Wilton,

    Also is it word of the year or the best words if so we need to consult the Donald Bigly quick as apparently he has all of them

    Wellington • Since Jan 2009 • 54 posts Report

  • linger,

    tbh not sure I have any words for this absolute fluster-cuck of a year.

    Kaikoura's been clusterfucked (and will be again by central government, if the Chch experience is anything to go by).

    Though the Brexit campaign, the rise of Trump, the fall of the "expert", and the spread of “fake news” appear to be covered by blusterfuck

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report

  • kiwifarang,

    Pussy Grab
    Quake Island
    Build a Wall
    Mainstream Media (a.k.a. fake news)
    Russia (or bad bad evil Russia)

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2007 • 18 posts Report

  • JacksonP,


    David Bowie
    Leonard Cohen

    Fuck 2016

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report

  • Josie McNaught,

    unconscious bias

    Auckland • Since Oct 2012 • 25 posts Report

  • Paul Campbell,

    Probably "yuge" should be thrown somewhere in the mix, or under a passing bus

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2623 posts Report

  • linger,

    Clusterfucked seems to be the natural successor to 2011's munted; the only problem then is, where do we go if 2017 is worse?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report

  • KathrynB,


    Black lives matter, Trump, Brexit, French beaches, Brash ....

    Auckland • Since Nov 2014 • 16 posts Report

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    I had a few suggestions, but if it's anything other than Brexit, your system is broken.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report

  • simon g,


    Nominated because of the change in meaning. Previously, "a small, select group" (as in 'elite athletes at the Olympics').

    Now it means anyone who has read a book, or likes to get their news from journalists who read them.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1333 posts Report

  • JessicaRose, in reply to Ian Dalziel,


    This is a reply not a woty

    Auckland • Since Sep 2011 • 61 posts Report

  • Rosemary McDonald,


    Because the the word just might fall out of usage now....

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1346 posts Report

  • Russell Brown, in reply to JacksonP,


    Hmmm. That could work.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

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