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

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  • Andre,

    Ihumatao

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • Hamish W, in reply to chris fowlie,

    I seccond this !

    Wellington • Since Dec 2019 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Jeff Howell,

    TRAVELATOR!!!*

    *without the exclamation marks, obv

    Fairfield, Hamilton • Since Aug 2018 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Climate emergency

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Existential

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Robust. This year's 'going forward' in bureaucratic jargon.

    And a +1 for OK Boomer. World famous in New Zillun.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Armstrong,

    mōrena

    mōrena ki a koutou katoa - good morning to you all

    New Zealand • Since Jan 2015 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Cancel culture (the last three are winners of 2019 word of the year for Macquarie, dictionary.com and Oxford btw).

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • WaterDragon,

    1. understand (as in "we want to")
    2. conversation (as in"we need to have a", so that we can understand)

    Behind you • Since Jul 2011 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Jonesing
    Especially relevant this year in relation to Shane "I'd love to have 3 billion dollars to give away" Jones

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson,

    Data Breach - been hearing about these all year.
    Treasury "Hack" - a fine example

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Armstrong,

    As-salāmu ʿalaykum (Arabic: السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ‎) - peace be upon you.

    New Zealand • Since Jan 2015 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • Joshua Arbury,

    Ah... beaten by KathrynB and Simon Armstrong, but I definitely think it should be:

    As-salāmu ʿalaykum

    The response from the Muslim community to the terrible events of March 15 was humbling and meant such a horrible act actually brought us together as a country much more than dividing us - which was the goal.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 237 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart,

    "Climate emergency" because we need to hear it more.
    "OK boomer" - an instaclassic.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 825 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Maunga. Suddenly relevant to Aucklanders in a way it didn't before we became more widely aware that the Maori do now own many of our beloved mountains and the implications of seeing tiro rangatiratanga in action. Whether you agree with the Owairaka protesters or not, the term is now in much wider use.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    "Well-being"

    Although a well-established word, in 2019 its use and definition became central to political debate.

    (and I'll just add my annual grump, to say that it's not "neologism of the year", it's about words being used, not just invented, especially as they often fade fast).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Resilience

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    SLUSHIES

    (shouting, of course)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

  • Murray Hewitt,

    Decolonisation. Gotta have sympathy for words that are stretched and twisted far beyond their actual meaning.

    Wainui • Since Jan 2008 • 21 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    "Buyback"

    Several options related to the gun laws, but this is probably the headline choice. A news staple for half the year.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Christchurch Call

    Wellbeing

    Jacinda

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Protect
    The term that changed the nature of Maori land protest from claiming back or asking for ownership of land to taking a stand to protect land that you already have a stake in, whether or not you officially own it. Subsequently used by Owairaka protestors to claim to protect trees and fauna when it was seen by some as protest against Maori land ownership.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • Doug Hood,

    woke

    Kingsland • Since Oct 2009 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    This

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Guttered (in place of gutted)
    Your (in place of you’re)

    Cancel culture (which has already been mentioned, which might cancel any chance I may have had)

    Scorcese

    weather aberrations

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

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