Public Address Word of the Year 2008

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  • Sam F,

    Sacha might correct me if I'm wrong, but I think he came up with it in in this comment.

    Nope, definitely belongs to Danielle, who coined it in a reply to someone's amusing post related to things Maori, quite a few months back. I've Googled and sitesearched all variants but can't bring up a reference to back my claim - but any PAS admin with a 'view all posts by [X]' function on offer should be able to follow this up.

    Pretty please, admins?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Rofflenui = Roll on floor laughing, big time (greatly).

    Sam, that one was most certainly mine (and I think Giovanni found the right reference - ta), although it couldn't have been born without the community of skillful wordplay here that constantly reminds me how enjoyable language can be and how great a taonga it is.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19728 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    'view all posts by [X]' function

    Great idea for visitors as well as admins. I for one would like being able to skip back through a person's postings, especially when coming in to a conversation that has been going for a while. Someone reminded me yesterday that usenet offered something like that many moons ago..

    However, I still want video embedding fixed before encouraging the cactus wizards to add new functions.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19728 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Well, look, I completely agree with you there. Substitute an "um" and the meaning stays the same!

    In conversation, I quite often use "um" as a place holder while looking for a more seemly version of are you high or just congenitally stupid? The phatic expression does have its uses.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Sam, that one was most certainly mine (and I think Giovanni found the right reference - ta), although it couldn't have been born without the community of skillful wordplay here that constantly reminds me how enjoyable language can be and how great a taonga it is.

    Heh, my shaky memory... aren't we lucky to have the Internet to resolve etymological disputes at source now? :)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I only *wish* I'd come up with rofflenui!

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

  • Hilary Stace,

    'Tranzrail eyes'

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3218 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    As in

    'He gets that Tranzrail look in his eyes and you just know he is hiding something' (Audrey Young NZH blog 15 October 2008)

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3218 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    'Tranzrail eyes'

    I don't know if it can aspire to word of the year, but I'm gonna start using it at every possible occasion.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    And intenationally I like 'lipstick on a pitbull'.

    And previewing 2009 I fear we will hear a lot about 'Rodney the razor' and the NACT.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3218 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    ...All the lefties think that he's sly
    He's got John Key's Tranzrail eyes
    <electronic handclaps>

    (Did you know that 'Bette Davis Eyes' was co-written by Jackie DeShannon? I just learned that!)

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

  • Lyndon Hood,

    One candidate for Word of the Year has to be John Key's opening to just about evrything he says: "well look"

    While we're talking about conversational noises...

    Apparently he was Prime Ministerial at the press conference about the air crash, but he didn't quite achieve grave formality with his opening...

    So, it is with enormous sadness I learned this morning...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    Rofflenui = Roll on floor laughing, big time (greatly).

    Not to be confused with Rofflennui

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Not to be confused with Rofflennui

    Rolling on the floor laughing, contemplating the vacuity of human life?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Not to be confused with Rofflennui

    Rolling on the floor laughing, contemplating the vacuity of human life?

    That sounds right.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    And previewing 2009 I fear we will hear a lot about 'Rodney the razor' and the NACT.

    Bomber Bradbury calls them 'MACTional'.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5433 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    Rolling on the floor laughing, contemplating the vacuity of human life?

    I was thinking, contemplating the futility of human rolling on the floor laughing, but that also works.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    I think Bomber B also used 'Rodney the razor' last night on his very entertaining Sunday roast media programme (on Alt TV Sundays at 7). We will have to watch him for the evolving NZ language of the Mactional era.

    And I think I heard John Key saying New Zeend the other day. Perhaps we are on the edge of a new era of truncation - a razor to syllables as well as the public service.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3218 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    And I think I heard John Key saying New Zeend the other day.

    Great. If Mark Taylor becomes PM across the ditch, we could forge an alliance with Straya.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Now that we have been thoroughly gutted, there seems to be no choice but 'going forward'. With the events of recent weeks, could I instead propose 'going backwards' a significant distance.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • GrahamMandeno,

    Surely "issues".

    Perhaps this could be combined with the other suggested Keyisms and be modified to "isshues".

    Same goes for "shtrength", "shtudents", "shtabbed in the back"...

    North Shore • Since Dec 2008 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Defnlee.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3218 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Given what I see here, there's good reason to be ambushuss for the future of New Zullund English.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Dykes,

    More a vote for a word I don't want to hear any more:

    "Gutted"

    Seems to pop up frequently in news articles when people are asked how they feel. "Absolutely" meaningless.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 76 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    More a vote for a word I don't want to hear any more:
    "Gutted"

    Isn't Gutted the flipside of Awesome? While it might not have trickled down from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, both words convey a sense of extreme slack-jawed emotion.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

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