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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2015

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  • Downbeatdan,

    'Detainee', their problem, our problem.... close to home.

    Hamilton • Since Jul 2007 • 12 posts Report

  • BenWilson, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    Mansplain

    What does that mean?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report

  • Chrys Berryman,

    "slaughter"………100 years ago,4 weeks ago,one week ago……..stupid misguided young men looking for adventure/glory,what a waste.

    Pt Chevalier • Since Sep 2014 • 16 posts Report

  • Brett,

    "Daesh" because they hate it.

    Henderson • Since Mar 2015 • 2 posts Report

  • Simon Bennett,

    'Beltway' - no idea what it means in NZ, but hearing it used quite a lot by politicians and journalists.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 174 posts Report

  • BenWilson, in reply to Simon Bennett,

    It’s cool because it’s autological.

    ETA: Aside: Bend your mind trying to decide if "autological" is autological. Then bend it some more trying to decide if its opposite "Heterological" is heterological.

    Second: On this blog there is a quaxer who quaxes for all those who don't quax for themselves. Brown's Paradox: Who quaxes for that quaxer?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report

  • Hebe,

    "Christmas Island" because the cheerful name is part of the awfulness of an offshore prison camp for people who have the temerity to seek refuge..

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report

  • Hebe, in reply to Sacha,

    hey it has even gone international, though the dolt who inspired it remains far too close to Auckland for anyone’s good.

    I know its origins and meaning, but not many in Christchurch apart from PASers and Twitterati would know. Maybe we need regional WOTYs.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to BenWilson,

    Mansplain

    What does that mean?

    Here you go.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report

  • BenWilson, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    LOL, what’s the word for autological, except it’s a whole book?

    ETA: I was only hoping to get a whole blog post out of that one.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report

  • BenWilson, in reply to Hebe,

    Maybe we need regional WOTYs.

    But surely Dick Quax jokes are universal?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report

  • David Hood, in reply to Hebe,

    My mum, in Dunedin with an interest in public transport, makes a point of using the term quaxing as much as possible, and she has no connection to PAS or Twitter.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report

  • Sacha, in reply to BenWilson,

    Who quaxes for that quaxer?

    if a tree falls in a forest (served only by roads)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

  • Tamara,

    My pick is disrupt and all its variants. Couldn't get away from it this year!

    New Zealand • Since Oct 2010 • 115 posts Report