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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase

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  • Adrian Humm,

    OK Boomer.

    Global heating.

    Dargaville • Since Nov 2006 • 16 posts Report

  • Adrian Humm,



    Dargaville • Since Nov 2006 • 16 posts Report

  • kiwifarang,

    “Precocious” Greta Thunberg
    “42 Joints” a day
    “Shadow Banning”
    “Prince Andrew”

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2007 • 18 posts Report

  • Martin Brown,


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  • Andre,

    I posted probably too many potential WOTY above and think of them all the term Ihumatao resonates most strongly. It no longer only denotes a geographic place, now also representing a movement and a new ideology in New Zealand and Maori public affairs.
    This year the actions of the protectors at Ihumatao highlighted what to most seemed an obvious injustice and public sentiment drove local and central government leaders, Fletchers and iwi leaders to seek a new solution. We don't know what that is yet but we can be sure that last year the word Ihumatao was fairly unknown but is now firmly seated in the public consciousness, will be included in all official national histories and school children will be learning about Ihumatao in NZ history (whereas I think it has been mentioned broadly as Mangere mountain in most major histories to date). They may also learn about SOUL and Pania Newton, but it is the term Ihumatao that will always resonate. It's a strong word, distinctly Maori unlike Bastion Point. In the end, its the one that I think stands out to us as New Zealanders, more so than climate and other more global possibilities.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 371 posts Report

  • Heather Gaye,

    "The new normal"

    Perhaps a little under the radar, but just recently I realised how often I've heard this term this year. Lying as a political strategy, white supremacy, catastrophic climate events (most recently the Aust fires), nationwide protests &c. All the new normal.

    Morningside • Since Nov 2006 • 533 posts Report

  • william blake,

    Mana whenua.

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  • Simon Bennett,

    'Smocking gun'. The new 'Covfefe'?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 174 posts Report

  • Ross Mason,

    You Crane.


    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report

  • Paul Brislen,

    I'd like to add PAWOTY as the Public Address Word of the Year because it's the last player picked and it deserves an outing.

    Only question - do you pronounce it paw-outty or pa-wotty.


    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 200 posts Report

  • Scott A,

    "Mana whenua"

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 133 posts Report

  • Morgan Nichol, in reply to Paul Brislen,

    paw-outty or pa-wotty


    Auckland CBD • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report

  • Paul Brislen, in reply to Morgan Nichol,

    hmmmm. Might need an accent.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 200 posts Report

  • linger, in reply to Simon Bennett,

    Smocking gun

    The railway station serving my campus in northern Tokyo is surrounded by “No Smorking” signs, because getting anything checked by a native speaker of English just causes unnecessary delay, as eny fule no…

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report

  • Alfie,

    About time... and kiwi as.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • Felix Geiringer,

    Quid pro quo

    New Zealand • Since Aug 2014 • 35 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,

    Righto – that's it! The korero phase has ended and I'm going to compile the longlist.

    Thanks everyone! Stay tuned for voting!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

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