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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2017

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  • Carol Stewart,

    I'll get in behind Jacindamania. Closely followed by #metoo.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 830 posts Report

  • Cushla D,


    NewWindsor • Since Dec 2017 • 1 posts Report

  • Geoff Lealand,


    Tinned spaghetti pizza

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

  • Geoff Lealand,

    “Narrative”. Still very useful in film studies. 🎬🎬

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

  • FletcherB, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Tinned spaghetti pizza

    I do not want tinned pizza, no-matter what flavour you offer me.. :D

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report

  • mark taslov,

    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.

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

  • mark taslov,

    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.

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

  • Kumara Republic,

    Brexitrump (global)
    Jacindamania (local)

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5446 posts Report

  • Ian Tinkler,

    Let's do this

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2010 • 16 posts Report

  • Kyle MacDonald,

    I was going to go for “majority” but since that’s already been nominated how about
    “plurality” seeing no one in NZ knows what it means.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 82 posts Report

  • dave stewart,

    Oumuamua: messenger from afar arriving first - demonstrating how hopelessly unconcise the english language can be!

    Since Aug 2014 • 37 posts Report

  • Ken Sparks, in reply to mark taslov,

    I’m not a total fan but I’m way happier to have Jacinda and co in charge rather than that other sorry bunch. For that reason my phrase of the year is ‘Let’s do this.’

    Cox’s Creek • Since Apr 2011 • 60 posts Report

  • simon g,

    Jacindamania is definitely the word of the half-year. But as with all annual retrospectives, anything that happened in the early months tends to get less attention than it deserves (ask the Halberg or Oscar contenders).

    So a few oldies to balance things up ...

    Burnham / Hit and Run
    Strong and Stable

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1333 posts Report

  • william blake,



    Since Mar 2010 • 380 posts Report

  • Scott Ferguson,


    New Zealand • Since Dec 2014 • 5 posts Report

  • Ann Duncan,


    New Zealand • Since Nov 2011 • 3 posts Report

  • James Littlewood*,


    It's a word, and a nice one. They connect us all, geographically, economically and culturally.

    They are the canaries in our collective coal mine.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report

  • James Littlewood*,

    Nicky Hager.

    For services to journalism and democracy.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report

  • James Littlewood*,

    Please, not Jacindamania. I object!

    Unless, that is, you want PAS to establish itself as nothing other than a partial bunch of happy clappy kumbaya choristers.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report

  • Sue Street,

    Alternative truth

    Wellington • Since Dec 2017 • 1 posts Report

  • simon g, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    It's the Time magazine "Person of year" yardstick, isn't it? Hitler, Stalin and Trump get the gong, but no approval should be inferred.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1333 posts Report

  • Craig Young,


    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 573 posts Report

  • Jonathan Maze,

    Alternative facts.

    Virtue signalling.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2007 • 29 posts Report

  • kiwifarang,



    So happy that the coast road and Nin's Bins are open again.

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2007 • 18 posts Report

  • Martin Brown,


    Auckland • Since Mar 2013 • 137 posts Report

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