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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2018

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  • mark taslov, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Perhaps he would consider ‘smoking’ to be false spelling

    I've no idea - it wasn't intended as a personal attack, part of a wider trend.

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

  • Sacha, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    ‘smocking’

    A cunning appeal to the midwestern conservative base. Home on the prairie and all that.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • WaterDragon,

    me too

    Behind you • Since Jul 2011 • 74 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Martin,

    Gaslight.

    Burn baby, burn.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 187 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Peter Martin,

    Ooh, that suggests another simple contender summing up several threads over the year:
    burn
    denoting, e.g.:
    (i) gaslighting as standard political discourse
    (ii) the acrid smoke indicating a leadership crisis in National (emanating from burning Bridges)
    (iii) growing consensus that global warming must stop now (“nuclear moment”)
    (iv) wildfires as evidence supporting (iii)
    (v) growing public apathy in the USA and the UK (rejecting all compromise, to "let it all burn" -- e.g. Mr Tangerine Man announcing he's "proud to shut down the government", while the British government galumphs towards a "no-deal Brexit")

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1886 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    Individual-1

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

  • Glenn Pearce,

    Transparent

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 499 posts Report Reply

  • EE,

    Throwing shade

    Auckland • Since Aug 2014 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • John Trenwith,

    I'd also like to nominate "embarrassing".

    Initially because of this, then this, lots of this type of thing including this just lately, this from Zuckerberg, this from Brexit, this from an MP, this from a grown man...

    Auckland • Since Dec 2018 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Nicole Murray,

    Yes, kind or kindness. It has even been mentioned a lot in Parliamentary question time this year. Let's have an aspirational WOTY.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3196 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart,

    Hana Koko, our Māori Santa.
    A non gender specific Māori Santa would be even better, but hey, baby steps.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 821 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Bennett,

    Woke

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Probably hung over from last year but the "witch hunt" or "WITCH HUNT!!!" is still on.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • Adrian Humm,

    TERF
    2018 has been the year that my poor little ”right on!” brain has become so confused. I feel like I don’t have a clue what’s going on any more and this word sums up my “Wha’...??”

    1080
    More confusion. My mates are DoC workers doing their best to improve our environment and they’ve copped so much abuse, you’d think they were worse vandals than every oil, mineral and pharma business combined. Because they use 1080.

    Dargaville • Since Nov 2006 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Adrian Humm,

    Oh yeah, and

    Woke

    Dargaville • Since Nov 2006 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Adrian Humm,

    I don’t have a clue what’s going on

    If interested here are a couple of backgrounders. 2018 has been wild(!!) on that account locally – a year when the types of ‘allies’ who’d previously shown performative support while largely neglecting to advocate for trans people’s material needs graduated to performatively debating issues mooted by anti-trans activists while neglecting trans people’s needs.

    nominating:

    performative

    and

    ally/allies

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

  • WaterDragon,

    Could have sworn I did this before
    #metoo (to show we're not just windowdressing/worddressing here)

    Behind you • Since Jul 2011 • 74 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to WaterDragon,

    There are a few nominations for #metoo back on page 1;
    but of course repeating it’s especially appropriate!
    (and … yes, you’ve also nominated it without the hashtag, near the top of page 3.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1886 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Our #metoo last year came in at no.2, beaten out of contention by Jacindamania.

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

  • Russell Brown,

    Righto folks, thanks very much that's the conclusion of the discussion stage. Voting starts tomorrow!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22744 posts Report Reply

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