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Hard News: The Public Address Word of the Year 2010

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  • Matt Godfrey,

    quantitative easing

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Gracewood,

    I too nominate twatcock, but also put to you: Real New Zealander, which I find people using regularly for any signs of ironic non-New Zealandness (being brown, not being able to finish a beer, being a fucking cyclist, etc.)

    Orkland • Since Nov 2006 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Curious, I've always heard it as twotcock. Never even considered the other way, which I also never use on its own, it always seems more like UK slang to me.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    The Oxford Dictionary WOTY is "Big Society". Beating "double-dip" and "vuvuzela".

    They seem a bit staid in comparison. Got to keep a 'stiff upper lip' I suppose.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    it felt like the year when twitter hashtags became part of the parlance

    would you feel better about #twatcock then?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19706 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I'm feeling a bit icky at the thought of a scatological twatcocks

    Yes, that's a fairly extreme perversion, one-upping mere scat.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • Rogan Polkinghorne,

    Twatcock all the way, no contest!

    A-town • Since Nov 2006 • 105 posts Report Reply

  • Kebabette,

    Yup this was the year of #eqnz. No doubt. And someone's already mentioned the other #eqnz 'liquefaction'.

    The other quakey word/phrase = 'No Go'.Which somehow always made me start to sing a bit of Hall & Oates 'I can't go for that (no can do)'.

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Kebabette,

    Where others might have thought 'Say no go' by De La Soul. Just sayin'.

    [#TC}

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard, in reply to BenWilson,

    Curious, I’ve always heard it as twotcock. Never even considered the other way, which I also never use on its own, it always seems more like UK slang to me.

    That's why I always heard it as an "a" sound: "twat" seems a very British insult to me. In the same way, while I say "arse" rather than "ass", "jackass" can only ever be pronounced in the donkeyesque manner, since the concept is so thoroughly American.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Jacob Powell, in reply to Jolisa,

    Arguably, a twatcock comes pre-vajazzled.

    One small sentence for [a] (wo)man, one giant 'leap' for (wo)mankind #toomanymeanings!

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 23 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Tom Beard,

    Most of English is of British origin, but I think at least in NZ and Australia, Twot would be the more common pronunciation. So, are we claiming this word?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • Jacob Powell, in reply to Tom Beard,

    Looks like we've opened up a right old can of twatcock! I guess twatcock truly is in the mouth of the orator...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 23 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    Am I really the only one who doesn't particularly like 'twatcock'? While I'm normally in full favour of creative obscenity, it just does nothing for me. Plus, it sounds a bit too much like 'spatchcock' for me.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Gregor Ronald, in reply to chris,

    I agree - "aftershock" is the word of the year in Canterbury.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 103 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa, in reply to Jacob Powell,

    One small sentence for [a] (wo)man, one giant ‘leap’ for (wo)mankind #toomanymeanings!

    Also, possibly the vilest sentence my fingers have ever typed. The mental picture is deeply troubling, although sparkly. #glamrocktwatcock

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    I seem to be in the minority with pronouncing the 'a' in twatcock like the one in hat - it just seems to come out angrier that way.

    I'm also rather liking commisibration which Emma has been using quite a bit lately. And, #eqnz related, chimney as in what none of us have anymore.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • Anonymous Author,

    A figurative and literal antipodes of the small mouthful of plosive local twatcock is the large tongue-bending dorsal approximant of international Eyjafjallajökull.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2010 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa, in reply to JackElder,

    Oh dear, a vajazzled and spatchcocked twatcock? The mind revolts.

    "Aftershock" is a really strong contender, not least because at some level Pike River could also be said to be one. For an island (and a country) that has been so badly shaken this year.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    I’m thinking outside the square

    And not making a hash of it, either. I like your thinking. Punctuation of the Year?

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    Eyjafjallajökull

    How quickly we forget.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Where others might have thought ‘Say no go’ by De La Soul.

    Which, I only realised *this year*, samples 'I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)'! (Because I am quite slow on the uptake sometimes. I don't even want to tell you how old I was when I finally understood that the line I never got in 'She Loves You' was 'pride can hurt you too'.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Reeves, in reply to Tom Beard,

    But, but...... "jackass" happens because the male donkey is a jack ass, whereas the female is a jill.

    Near Donny Park, Hamilton… • Since Apr 2007 • 94 posts Report Reply

  • sally jones,

    Russell: I'm late to the post again, sorry, if my word has already been suggested and discussed and dismissed I do apologise. But if it hasn't...that word is Twatcock. I cannot take credit for the word's coining, I believe that honour goes to the wondrous- with-words, Jolisa. But it must be a contender for PA word of the year.

    Okay, just seen someone's beaten me to it. Poop.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2010 • 179 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Am I really the only one who doesn’t particularly like ‘twatcock’? While I’m normally in full favour of creative obscenity, it just does nothing for me. Plus, it sounds a bit too much like ‘spatchcock’ for me.

    As general obscenity goes, no. I mean, it's no f*&knuckle. Or knobend, even.

    But for this particular community, it is unparalleled in its excellence.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

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