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Hard News: The Public Address Word of the Year 2010

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  • Tom Ackroyd,

    It has to be twatcock. No contest.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • andrea quin,

    Looking at the news today reminds me: Wikileaks.

    Edit: Snap.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2009 • 44 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Intrinsically safe.
    Brown town.
    Not a boycott.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Mikaere Curtis,

    Super Mayor

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 528 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    If it isn't twatcock, I'll have you know that I will probably... grumble ineffectually about it! No one wants that!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I’m please to see that my three faves have already been suggested.

    liquefaction
    It’s a gritty, strong word that seems to perfectly fit the oozy grey sludge that messed up a few Christchurch suburbs. Also prompted many to wonder what the past-tense is – liquefacted? Yeah, that sounds gooood.

    vuvuzela
    A bit exotic, a bit rude, and much more pleasant to hear aloud than the annoying sound that the South African noisemaker produced.

    twatcock
    The equal opportunities insult – a little bit twat, a little bit cock and a whole lot of twatcock. Full credit to Tom Beard for coining this much needed term.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    "Man, that aftershock was a bit of a twatcock"?

    Cocky rhyming slang?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Thomas Watts,

    I googled 'twatcock'. Apparently it has a sexual context also attached to it.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2008 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard, in reply to Thomas Watts,

    I made the mistake of googling it at work as well. Google tries to be helpful by separating it into its component words, but in this case it is not so helpful. Well, maybe it would be, but not at work.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher, in reply to Thomas Watts,

    That would be “twat cock”. Try googling twatcock -“twat cock" and you’ll get a whole lot of different, generally non-porny results.

    Also, someone’s having fun with @twatcock on Twitter.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Documenting the members of the sets Twat, Cock and the intersection Twatcock. The absolute complement of the union of these may also be remarked upon.

    Awesome.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Looks like it’s going to be twatcock by a landslide.

    By way of a footnote then: this isn’t a neologism, but it seems to me to have been a year of entitlements.

    Some of the powerful still got them of right, some lost them for overstepping the bounds, and some were about to get them taken away for the sin of being poor and non-influential. But at least various persons made sure that everyone knew they were entitled to their own views – the underlying message often being that they were entitled to bugger off regardless.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1611 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I am all for twatcock although in terms of the competition this is tempered somewhat by the consideration that Tom Beard may be the single person in the world who's least in need of whisky.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    Gio: I dishpute ... dipsuit ... refudiate your allegamations.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Jacob Powell, in reply to Tom Beard,

    I'm all for twatcock...i mean, i like it...i mean ummm... </abort>

    <restart>
    Tom: can you provide a pronunciation guide please?

    Being introduced to the word "twat" at intermediate school in my Invercargill phase (I know, we all go through one don't we) the "a" was pronounced like an "o" as in "hot". In my adult life - such as it has been to date - I have mostly heard the "a" pronounced as in "hat". Personally I prefer the sound of the latter but thought I would seek out the authoritative sounding so that my out loud musings re P**l H***y will be accurate. #thanks

    </end>

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 23 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Gio: I dishpute … dipsuit …

    Can nobody pronounce "Dikshit" properly?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I also nominate twatcock because 1) it was coined by one of our own 2) it is a multipurpose word suited to all situations and occasions 3) I am innately scatalogical.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Sam F,

    By way of a footnote then: this isn’t a neologism, but it seems to me to have been a year of entitlements.

    I added 'entitlement' as an ETA to a post, and then decided against it, because I felt that 'twatcock' was pretty much applicable in most senses of 'entitlement' that I could think of.

    As a word, it's utility seems almost unparalleled.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Anonymous Author,

    'Anand Satyanand'
    For its phonetic, poetic and cultural richness.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2010 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    I look forward to seeing the press release being published in Sideswipe after “twatcock” wins in a canter.

    #eqnz should probably be in there.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    I look forward to seeing the press release being published in Sideswipe after “twatcock” wins in a canter.

    Emma and I discussed this when I was down in Christchurch just recently.

    "it's totally going to be twatcock, though, isn't it?"
    "Poor Russell, having to put out a press release with 'the Public Address Word of the Year is something unprintable and unbroadcastable', though."
    "I know"

    ...

    <evil cackling>

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    I also nominate twatcock because 1) it was coined by one of our own 2) it is a multipurpose word suited to all situations and occasions 3) I am innately scatalogical.

    Indeed. 'Twatcock' as a word has a deep ontological import for our community. It neatly encapsulates our deeply liberal nature, our thought and care to not be inadvertently offensive, together with our desire to be pointedly deliberately offensive where such is due.

    Also I've been hanging out to hear Russell do the WOTY interviews since we realised what it was going to be.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan, in reply to Emma Hart,

    hah, Snap!

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Heh, yeah, see, everything Megan and I say is true. We can independently verify each other.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Emma Hart,

    So if one of you is the other's alibi for a heinous crime...?

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

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