Hard News by Russell Brown


The Public Address Word of the Year 2011

It's that time again! Spring has sprung, holidays beckon and Public Address readers are tasked with choosing the annual Word of the Year.

And what an unusual and sometimes troubling year 2011 has been: a general election, a Rugby World Cup, the unmasking of the Murdoch machine, Bin Laden discovered and dispatched, the Euro walking the wire -- and the brutal forces of nature made manifest.

Last year, of course, Public Address readers bypassed the news and opted for a neologism -- the ungendered genital insult that is twatcock. In 2009, the list was dominated by words involving Michael Laws and an “h” and  in 2008, "credit crunch" came in ahead of "rofflenui". In 2007, another coinage, "Te Qaeda" topped the poll and in 2006, the big word was "unbundled".

The selection format is the same as in previous years: candidate words and phrases will be proposed and debated here. After about a week, I'll compile the candidates into a list for voting and a few days thereafter we will have a winner.

Actually, we'll have more than one winner. As usual, there are two big prizes. One goes to the reader who first suggests the winning word in the discussion, and the other to a voter drawn at random from the poll.

And such prizes. Each winner will receive a Christmas hamper from Nosh plus a case of Growers Mark Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Details:

Nosh Food Market $120 Festive Hamper

The $120 Festive Hamper contains the best local and international products which have been carefully selected to complement each other.  It’s the ultimate hamper for foodies and contains:

  • Grey Poupon Mustard
  • Cuisine Scene Black Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Heston from Waitrose Hidden Clementine Pudding 227g
  • Duchy Organic Cranberry Sauce
  • Bonne Maman Jam
  • La Panzanella Croccantini
  • La Panzanella Sweet Crisps
  • Elit Dark Chocolate Almonds
  • Molly Woppy Xmas Trees Gingerbread
  • Monty Bojangles Natural Pear Drops
  • Boyd’s Coffee Beans 200g
  • Duchy Originals from Waitrose Sicilian Lemon Curd
  • Wild Earth 9pk Fruit Mince Pies

Growers Mark Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2009

Growers Mark is the quintessential Marlborough Sauvignon containing a burst of ripe fruit, passionfruit and white currant backed with subtle herbaceousness and intriguing white pepper notes. The sauvignon is perfect with Asian cuisine, seafood and summer salads.

A case of Growers Mark wines is valued at $274.80.


Okay, go: nut it out, natter -- and where necessary, neologise.

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