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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2016

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  • BlairMacca,


    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 208 posts Report

  • Chris Peters,


    Hamilton • Since Dec 2016 • 1 posts Report

  • Rebecca Gray, in reply to Ewan Morris,

    Yeah, or just plain "bubble" seems like a strong contender.

    Wellington • Since May 2016 • 23 posts Report

  • Greg Sands,

    Boaty McBoatface

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 8 posts Report

  • Amberleigh Jack,

    As a new word of the year player, can two words be a word?
    If so I nominate "nasty woman" and "bad hombre" as my picks!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2012 • 21 posts Report

  • Lilith __, in reply to Amberleigh Jack,

    Hiiii Amberleigh! I think Nasty Woman needs capitals. Excellent WOTY IMO. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3895 posts Report

  • Amberleigh Jack,

    You're right,definitely in need of capitals- my bad :)
    #badombre could work too - that was fun :)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2012 • 21 posts Report

  • krothville, in reply to linger,

    It means 'as fuck' as in 'very', for example 'drunk AF' = 'very drunk'

    Since Sep 2014 • 73 posts Report

  • linger, in reply to krothville,

    Ah, thanks! and here I was trying out other topical possibilities such as “active fault” or – having just watched the GNS presentations suggesting a higher-than-previously-estimated risk of failure within the next 10 years – “Alpine Fault”.
    (Mind you, most statements about faults remain perfectly comprehensible on replacing one F-word with another, e.g. “…and when that fucker ruptures, you can kiss goodbye to Westport.”)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1944 posts Report

  • TracyMac,

    I'm pretty entertained by the Aussie word (phrase) of the year: democracy sausage.

    That is, from the sausage sizzle at the more evolved voting stations - the convention is to have your sausage AFTER you vote, I am given to understand.

    It's a pretty recent term in Oz, although the sausage sizzles on election day have been around forever.

    At least that's one cheerful association with elections on this side of the world, although thankfully the central Europeans seem to be doing ok in terms of not electing more so-called "populist" (dog-whistling) right-wing "personalities".

    On a closer to home front (and even more of a tangent), from reading the Herald, you'd expect National to have sewn up Mt Roskill. Shock-horror, a Labour rep who is actually visible in the community got in by a landslide, and not on Goff's coattails. Very satisfying result.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report

  • JessicaRose, in reply to Sam Smith,

    Lit AF

    Auckland • Since Sep 2011 • 61 posts Report

  • Carol Green,

    Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 53 posts Report

  • JessicaRose, in reply to Ross Mason,

    China AF

    Auckland • Since Sep 2011 • 61 posts Report

  • JessicaRose, in reply to krothville,

    Or as a friend recently tweeted to me AF = As Foretold, which is even better if you try it out. So sage, much AF, wow.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2011 • 61 posts Report

  • william blake,

    Fiscally prudent.

    Since Mar 2010 • 380 posts Report

  • mark taslov,


    As employed by many American liberals to mock Trump, in turn validating this common trend of changing names to avoid discrimination in an insular culture.


    Now something of a pejorative, despite the possibility of it being an unconscious effort to blur racial lines. Come Jan 20, in the White House, orange is the new black.

    pull someone’s ponytail

    1.to make fun of someone; tease, humiliate, ridicule, harrass (sexually or otherwise), gaslight.
    2. to deceive someone; trick someone, lie, feign memory loss.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report

  • Dennis Frank,

    I've noticed inequality featuring constantly in the media this year - and not just in this country. As in lots of people complaining about it (and nobody trying to eliminate it).

    But if the criteria are replications of a meme & catchiness, then I'd bet on Brexit or Trump, with truthiness & post-truth deserving merit awards.

    New Zealand • Since Jun 2016 • 292 posts Report

  • Martin Brown,

    'RIP' should be on the shortlist

    Auckland • Since Mar 2013 • 137 posts Report

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Martin Brown,

    RIP’ should be on the shortlist

    It will be.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Hebe,

    (It's probably too late, as it is for Aleppo's children.)

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report

  • Amberleigh Jack,

    Also, I forgot my explanation for Nasty Woman.
    I may be imagining things but I don't really recall the gender divide being quite so publicly ... intense ... in other years as it has this year.
    I think that one sums that up pretty well.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2012 • 21 posts Report

  • Russell Brown,

    Hi folks. If a real zinger comes up after this time, I can add it in.

    But I've culled down a longlist and sent it to Hadyn and we should be voting on it tomorrow morning.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Tony Kennedy,

    As in "woman graduate is equivalent to two-fifths of a full-time equivalent (male) vet

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 225 posts Report

  • Katharine Moody,

    Rust belt.
    In-tact glass ceiling.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report

  • John McCormick,

    Too late for WOTY, and probably disqualified anyway for being two words, but since a superb post on PA earlier this year, mention of Trump usually triggers in me the memory of hoofwanking bunglecunt. This has been a source of great comfort in coping with the realisation that the world is much nastier and stupider than I thought.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2014 • 18 posts Report

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