Posts by mark taslov

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    In 2010, of course, Public Address readers bypassed the news and opted for a neologism – the great ungendered insult that was “twatcock”.

    So yeah, as I highlighted earlier last year after holding my tongue on the issue for a very.long.time, this is a dyadist neologism. It is, as you say, ungendered, but beyond contemporary cissexist narratives: all genitals are ungendered. It is however not unsexed. It is intersexed, it unequivocally describes the genital configuration of people like Sophia Young who was, as the article states, bullied mercilessly. This genital configuration – which affects anywhere between 1-500 to 1-80,000 human beings – was fashioned specifically as an insult, as a slur as it were.

    Coercive and abusive normalisation of intersex people’s genitals is a particularly brutal manifestation of the gender binary and it is this mutilation (instigated here by the Europeans) which helps to erase the reality of intersex people – the reality of this type of genital configuration here being similarly erased by this slur which we’ve collectively coined.

    This occurs in the same way that many abnormalities, disorders etc are fashioned as insults and latterly collated in ableist language lists.

    which I’m afraid, isn’t great, but is something we’re familiar with. A reference.

    ETA:
    This type of genital obsession is likewise evident with the discussion and enthusiasm for pussy hats in my top link – doesn’t make it right.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455377/pussyhats-racist-transphobic-feminists-say

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  • Hard News: Jacindamania: Word famous in…,

    Rena

    Just realised that’s probably not the Māori ‘rena’ given the ship was Greek owned and registered in Liberia.

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  • Hard News: Jacindamania: Word famous in…,

    Great words and superb results! I have a query Russell, noting that there are technically two Māori words in the top 10 this year, I’m wondering whether this is a first or what the precedent is for Māori words making the shortlist in years past. I’m struggling to easily find the pages though I did stumble on Rena in 2011. I’d certainly be interested in more data if you might have a list of the lists somewhere to answer that conveniently. If not, aua atu rā.

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  • Capture: Besties,

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    ᶜᵃᵗ ᵒᶰ ᵃ ˢʷᶦᶰᵍᶦᶰᵍ ᵖᶫᵃᶰᵏ ᵒᶠ ʷᵒᵒᵈ ᵃᵗᵗᵃᶜʰᵉᵈ ᵇʸ ᵗʷᵒ ᶫᵉᶰᵍᵗʰˢ ᵒᶠ ʳᵒᵖᵉ ᵗᵒ ᵃ ᵗʳᵉᵉ ᵇʳᵃᶰᶜʰ

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Damn there goes Jacindagate!

    Contrarily…again one might point out the precedent there. A recent WaPo article drawing on research published in May, explored this trend:

    When their male colleagues were introduced at conferences, they were usually called “Doctor.” But the men introduced them and other female doctors by their first names.

    Looking back over previous -gate iterations, one notices that although few incorporate peoples’ names, male-gates tend more to taking the surname e.g.Sachsgate, Petrikgate, Lochtegate, Moggigate, Rathergate, Dasukigate, Erdogate, Khangate, Weinergate, whereas female-gates favour first names e.g. Gloriagate, Betsygate, Camillagate, Irisgate, Gulargate, Penelopegate. As expected there are exceptions to this such as Muldergate, Lleytgate, sometimes for obvious reasons as was the case with Billygate. One notable outlier is Choi Soon-sil gate which incorporated her full name.

    That’s enough to work with.
    ;)

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Ian Pattison,

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    Given the neologism is such a blatant derivative of a globally recognised precedent, I’d let it be.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Twitter presidency
    the resistance

    Almost every night at the given hour his edicts appear on the timelines. When they do the regulars step up to deliver their barrage of heckles, rebuttals, memes, flaming hot takes, sycophancy, retweets, comment retweets, b l o c k s, mutes and threads to, for and against the resistance.

    Almost every night I observe one local step up to launch vitriol all the way across the Pacific onto the combover’s Johnston & Murphys – it takes dedication that, I wonder if it’s even therapeutic.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    From the moment Rob S prematurely nominated Jacindamania on the 2016 thread 20 days ago this year's WOTY was always going to be one of controversy.

    With question marks hanging over Felix Geringer's nomination due to a failure to comply with terms of the agreement:

    So you can only propose two words or phrases per comment.

    It would appear that Soon Lee is a shoo-in to take this year's prize, that is assuming no attempt is made in the interim to relitigate terms after the fact.

    For some reason this all feels like a most 2017 turn of events.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Ken Sparks,

    Jacindamania
    This remarkably popular woman almost singlehandedly

    One feature of Jacindamania I’ve had difficulty evaluating with regards to Ardern’s initial criticisms of Turei and the subsequent boycott is the extent to which Jacindamania was dependent on signalling to the beneficiary bashing cohort.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    #metoo

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