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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2015

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  • B Jones,

    I think "vexillology" has something going for it, as a new word we've all discovered and debated in recent months in New Zealand. Alternatively, "Red Peak" as a breakout.

    If we're going international, "massacre" seems sadly to be all too common these days.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 976 posts Report

  • Toby,

    The PM urged Andrew Little to get some re the troops to Iraq, and Little & co later questioned whether the PM had any re the 501s.
    (David Seymour and Marama Fox both boasted of their own political balls, which is similar thematically but different anatomically.)

    pt chev • Since Mar 2011 • 27 posts Report

  • Howard Edwards,

    Since two words have been allowed in the past, I nominate "detention centre".

    Albany • Since Apr 2013 • 66 posts Report

  • Patrick Tuapola,

    'Refugee' seems right.

    Wellingtown • Since Nov 2009 • 4 posts Report

  • Emma Hart,

    Ponytail. As a stand-in for all the “oblivious” nasty sexist bullshit this year, all the way from Ponytailgate through the Roastbusters reviews to “supporting the rapists".

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report

  • R A Hurley,

    i am guessing "Median Auckland house price" is too long? shame... seems to have been something of a national fixation this year...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 63 posts Report

  • linger,

    Serco-cision. The result of insufficient serco-spection when deciding to contract out government services in the hope of cutting both costs and direct accountability.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report

  • linger,

    (Unkind cuts all round.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report

  • Daniel Wilton,

    unfortunately it has been a year of

    Ponytail Pullers

    On a positive note it has seen the rise of "Red Peak" and the failure to rise of "Scout"

    Wellington • Since Jan 2009 • 54 posts Report

  • Jolisa,

    quaxing - the act of going shopping on a bike or by public transport. Etymology here.

    Closely followed by hosking.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report

  • linger,

    Cyclepath: the prevailing attitude of Auckland motorists toward cyclists. (See also hosking above: encouraging cyclepathic tendencies.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report

  • Geoff Lealand,

    swifty . .... (as in 'pull a .....' + reference to a quite popular pop star)

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report

  • Marc Eating,

    Has twitterati ever appeared?

    Wellington • Since Dec 2015 • 1 posts Report

  • Simon Bennett,

    'Consent' - a word that has been the subject of much discussion this year in various contexts, but a quality which still seems to be painfully lacking in too many circles.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 174 posts Report

  • Kebabette,


    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 221 posts Report

  • James Butler,

    "Peak", as in both "Red" and "Cray".

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report

  • Kebabette, in reply to Marc Eating,

    Oh snap!

    Christchurch • Since Feb 2007 • 221 posts Report

  • Tristan,


    Last time that was in the running to be word of the year must have been 1992

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 221 posts Report

  • kiwifarang,

    Islamic State - wherever that may be. But you can be sure they're bad news - or is that good news for the media?

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2007 • 18 posts Report

  • Jacob Billings,

    Terrorist ... applies to all local and international news .. no matter what's going on somehow its all about the terrorists

    Auckland • Since Jul 2013 • 3 posts Report

  • linger,

    podcastrati made an appearance here earlier this year. Like twitterati, but higher profile, volume ... and pitch.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report

  • Venetia King,


    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 117 posts Report

  • CMcQ,

    America is currently being 'Trumped'.
    TV3 news has been totally 'Weldoned'
    NZ is being 'referendumb-ed' against most of our will.

    Invercargill • Since Dec 2015 • 1 posts Report

  • Geoff Lealand,



    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report

  • RyanG,

    So many good ones this year. "pretty legal" or the twitterati favourite "pffffssssttt" or the PM's 2nd favourite word 'Akshully"

    Rotorua • Since Dec 2015 • 1 posts Report

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