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Hard News: The Public Address Word of the Year 2010

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  • HORansome,

    I wrote "conspiratorial" when, really, I meant to cite DPF's "conspirational." As Sacha wrote on that other thread, it seems to refer to something more conspiratorial and aspirational.

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 441 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to HORansome,

    Maybe it's *aspiring* to a conspiracy when the tinfoil is currently insufficient

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome,

    Hmm, actually, that works better: "You think you've just shown the existence of conspiratorial activity, but, really, you're just being conspirational."

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 441 posts Report Reply

  • Felix Marwick,

    if this is still going:

    liquifracked - as in "my house in Christchurch has been liquifracked"

    perkage - as in "the MP's career came a cropper because of over indulgence in perkage" (applies equally to over use of entitlements and random gropings of cleavage)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 200 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Addison, in reply to HORansome,

    Re: Pike River Conspiracies, this from a comment at Ian Wishart's site:

    There indeed is a cover up.I believe that a certain technological artifact has been discovered, and the resulting death toll was to silence any potential witnesses.The time delay by the government is to ensure that a retrieval team is removing any evidence and making it appear as an accident.

    I'm honestly not sure if they're taking the piss or not.

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome,

    Wow. Just wow.

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 441 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Which post was that, Josh? Can't seem to find it...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1611 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Addison,

    I probably should have included a link, shouldn't I?

    Here we go...

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    +1 to ange wither & Ross Mason - twatcock for woty, but I 'll always pronounce it
    twotcock...)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    And having previously written a post headlined ‘Cowardice in NZ Police’ and this in the comments:

    As for apologising to the police national hq for calling them cowards? Never. PNHQ building is referred to by rank and file as “cowards’ castle"

    After the second explosion, Wishart writes this:

    Could NZ have done it better? Only an inquiry will tell us now. One thing I want to make clear, however. Much as I might disagree with the initial operational decisions taken by Gary Knowles and Peter Whittal – they were working towards the same goal as everyone else. They should not become a focus of anger.

    He’s astonishing, and not in a good way.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome,

    Wishart's world[1] is one where views change from moment to moment.

    1. "Wishart's World" is sure to be the name of his collected essays conclusively proving that Science is a tool of the Liberal Agenda.

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 441 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    I'm so pleased there are people who read this crap so I don't have to sully myself. Perhaps, though, we need a health label on such links: "WARNING! Contains Twatcockery!"

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    Speaking of Conspiracies, Randy Quaids been giving interviews again

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to David Hood,

    Jeez, they make Wishart look (almost) sane.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Speaking of Conspiracies, Randy Quaids been giving interviews again

    "When I'm running from a Hollywood cabal, I like to wear thigh high boots, a black bikini, and a cowboy hat, cause that's how I roll."

    Are you sure they're not just making a 'mockumentary'? They wouldn't be the first.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Hark. Stephen Fry using the word twazzock

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Sacha,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome,

    When it comes to definitions from Urban Dictionary, nothing beats Munt Nose. Warning for the plebs; contains sexual content and Star Wars references.

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 441 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to HORansome,

    Every day brings new knowledge O_O

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Sacha,

    Hark. Stephen Fry using the word twazzock

    It pays to remember, however, that he's a tweetcock.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    I’m voting for HoSteria, but I’d like to point out that ‘twat’ (like 'cock') also has an entirely innocent meaning as per Browning’s ‘Pippa Passes’ (the one with the famous line “God’s in his heaven/All’s right with the world”):

    Then owls and bats
    Cowls and twats
    Monks and nuns in a cloister’s moods
    Adjourn to the oak-stump pantry

    Which means, I assume, that a ‘twat’ is the nunly equivalent of a cowl. Incidentally, it is for this reason that I have advised Jolisa Gracewood (on the occasion when she next meets a nun) to ask the question: “May I please see your twat?” It will be fine, Jolisa, I promise you.

    The poem also implies that (in the case of a nun’s twat, at any rate) the word must have once rhymed with ‘bat’.

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to David Haywood,

    Incidentally, it is for this reason that I have advised Jolisa Gracewood (on the occasion when she next meets a nun) to ask the question: “May I please see your twat?” It will be fine, Jolisa, I promise you.

    David, you are about my favourite person in the world, right now.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    Correction: Well, blow me down, just Googled to check that I’d remembered the poem correctly – and have discovered that (according to Wikipedia) I’m well wrong about the innocent meaning of ’twat’.

    Don’t do it, Jolisa!

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to David Haywood,

    I’m well wrong about the innocent meaning of ’twat’.

    You continue to be held in my high esteem, though.

    I think Jolisa should still do it.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    You continue to be held in my high esteem, though.

    Thank you very much!

    I think Jolisa should still do it.

    On further reflection, so do I. That way she’ll prove to us, once and for all, that she’s not chicken.

    And it will do wonders for her reputation as a hard bastard.

    Nun: The Pope will see you now, Dr Gracewood.

    Jolisa: [Calmly lighting a cigarette, and then stubbing-out the butt on a statue of the Virgin Mary] Not so fast, Sister, before you go I have a little question…”

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

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