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Hard News: The Public Address Word of the Year 2013

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  • Jackie Clark, in reply to ChrisW,

    #twitteraunties is at least six months old........

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Yeah nah

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    LVR

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    I do like the way #twitteraunties sounds like and subverts the often-sneered "Twitterati".

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • bluebook,

    Smaugmented reality

    auckland • Since Dec 2013 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • adPro,

    Metameme. Metamemehash.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2008 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Roger Lacey, in reply to bluebook,

    Smaugmented reality

    I've always pronounced Smaug that way like auger or Alison Mau. Everybody these days seems to call him Smawg. It's going to ruin the movie for me.

    Whatakataka Bay Surf Club… • Since Apr 2008 • 148 posts Report Reply

  • Allan Moyle,

    two words actually but they have permeated the zeitgeist for the year – Sky City

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 103 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Allan Moyle,

    two words actually but they have permeated the zeitgeist for the year – Sky City

    And if you add Rio Tinto, Warner Bros, Big Fishing, and potentially Chorus Networks, there's a pattern. In light of more recent revelations, it could also be called "doing a Holden" or "too big to fail".

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5428 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    And the just-announced decision to drop charges against Pike River on a technicality - FFS - bring to mind the words, "too big to jail".

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5428 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Numpty perhaps as the sledge of the year.FFS I think rates a mention btw.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • Sanya Baker,

    I'm voting for "reasonable person", as in, "any reasonable person would..." or "no reasonable person would..."
    Because, of course, any reasonable person would want to think they were a reasonable person.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Dec 2011 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Stupid,

    The Funeral Crasher

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Oh, another suggestion: "a bad look", the great kind of sort of not really excuse for the barely legit.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Asset sales.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Bennett,

    'Governance' - a nasty word that seems to have replaced any notion of 'responsibility', is used frequently, and seems to be singularly lacking in social, corporate and political walks of life.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 172 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Simon Bennett,

    +1 Particularly the split between "governance" and "management", which leaves the gaping black hole of responsibility that no-one occupies.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

  • paul reifel,

    Selfie. But that's just "my view" of course...

    Since Nov 2006 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Simon Bennett,

    NZ has long been crap at it. Means something closer to responsibility in many other places.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19699 posts Report Reply

  • Scott A,

    ...I haven't seen "privacy" on here, did I miss it?

    Because privacy's been an important word for 2013; the next step of the discussion from last year's starting point of "secrecy" and "privacy breaches."

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

  • Ross Mason, in reply to Scott A,

    …I haven’t seen “privacy” on here, did I miss it?

    There. Is. No. Privacy.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Scott A,

    Shhh, they'll hear you Ross.

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

  • Morrissey Breen,

    "Cabbageboat".

    Northcote Point • Since Dec 2013 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler, in reply to Morrissey Breen,

    “Cabbageboat”.

    Did we seriously get 173 comments in before cabbageboat was suggested?

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    Cabbageboat +1

    I’m no fan of Banks, but what kind of cunt voluntarily donates $50,000 to someone and then sets out to completely destroy the beneficiary’s career for accepting the offer.

    Schleswig smells rotten this time of year, and it ain’t just the cabbages.

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

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