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Hard News: The Public Address Word of the Year 2010

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  • Russell Brown,

    In the same way, while I say “arse” rather than “ass”, “jackass” can only ever be pronounced in the donkeyesque manner, since the concept is so thoroughly American.

    Oh, it's long been quite the fashion for Auckland hipsters to pronounce it "jackarse".

    Also, I say "twotcock".

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    I'm also rather liking commisibration which Emma has been using quite a bit lately.

    Commiserbration came out of the earthquake too, originally. It does nicely describe the new habit of Chch people to get together, drink, and talk about how good it is that we've got through such awful things.

    My most recent commiserbration was the 'bottle of bubbles each' commiserbration of my losing my Metro job.

    Also, I'm a 'twat to rhyme with hat' person.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    would you feel better about #twatcock then?

    I can't say it's crossed my awareness. But if you want to start a trend...?

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Also, I’m a ‘twat to rhyme with hat’ person.

    Same. A bunch of people pronouncing it twot last week completely threw me.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Eyjafjallajökull

    How quickly we forget.

    +1

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    twat to rhyme with hat

    I'm seeing a t-shirt here.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to JackElder,

    it sounds a bit too much like 'spatchcock' for me

    Please don't tell me that one's pronounced 'spotchcock'

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Danielle,

    Because I am quite slow on the uptake sometimes.

    Whether intended or not, that was quite an effective put down, because, as the saying goes 'I did not know that!' Slow? Glacial.

    Anyway, I'm still trying to work out 'Loosey in the fly with diamonds.'

    What was Jolisa's phrase again?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    A bunch of people pronouncing it twot last week completely threw me.

    And I've never heard it said otherwise in real life. Interesting.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Am I really the only one who doesn't particularly like 'twatcock'?

    It fails that "Can I say it ten times fast without fucking it up" test which a truly great insult, flung in the heat of the moment, has stood up to over time.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler, in reply to JackElder,

    I'm seeing a nice Dr. Seussian dichotomy between the hat-twat twatcockers and hot-twat twatcockers. I imagine we'll discover in the end that our twatcocks are all the same underneath.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa, in reply to sally jones,

    I cannot take credit for the word’s coining, I believe that honour goes to the wondrous- with-words, Jolisa.

    Good lord, no (you may be confusing me with my famously foul-mouthed little brother). In fact, kudos must go to the very naughty Tom Beard.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    I’m seeing a nice Dr. Seussian dichotomy between the hat-twat twatcockers and hot-twat twatcockers. I imagine we’ll discover in the end that our twatcocks are all the same underneath.

    Is there a Dr Haywood in the house? Call for a children's book author, stat.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    Most of English is of British origin, but I think at least in NZ and Australia, Twot would be the more common pronunciation. So, are we claiming this word?

    It just seems more common as an insult in England, so I associate it with my time there and with British comedy. Also, it's used as a verb there, and I haven't heard that here. There's no definitive pronunciation: that's just how I heard it when I wrote it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • ari sargent,

    Twatcock [pron: twot-cock]. By a country mile. The only other suggestion that is even close is cuntbiscuit (HT Hadyn)

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2010 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    What was Jolisa’s phrase again?

    Er, which? There was a line in my ahem, favourite Abba song, cough, that I could have sworn went "Beware suddy skies" -- and for years I assumed that "suddy" was an obscure Swedish meteorological term, perhaps indicating the threat of snow.

    Turned out it was just "He wears a disguise". Much less evocative.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Tom Beard,

    It just seems more common as an insult in England, so I associate it with my time there and with British comedy.

    I think that's true enough, most usages south of the equator I've heard have not been insults but actual references to female genitalia.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Turned out it was just "He wears a disguise".

    Does he "kiss this guy"?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Er, which?

    Umm, this.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    Now I'm wondering if there's geographical, class or gender factor influencing the pronunciation of twatcock. Research topic anyone?

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 719 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    I think that’s true enough, most usages south of the equator I’ve heard have not been insults but actual references to female genitalia.

    And it's the former that I intended. I didn't actually mean to say that Paul Henry was the literal combination of male and female pudenda: that would be far too insulting to said organs.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1040 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Also, I say “twotcock”.

    Moi aussi.

    Also, I’m a ‘twat to rhyme with hat’ person.

    I reserve that pronunciation of the word for men I don’t like. No, okay. Who I hate.

    The only other suggestion that is even close is cuntbiscuit (HT Hadyn)

    Ms Manners aka Craig will not be happy with me, (and I promise never to use it around you, my beloved) but I love, love, love the C word. I know there are many who despise the word, and yes, it has complexities around it, vis a vis gender inequity. But as I said, I am hopelessly scatalogical. And I do love a good swear word. Or 50.

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

  • Jolisa, in reply to recordari,

    Doh. If you're glacial, I'm static, or worse, one of those retreating glaciers. As you were.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa, in reply to Tom Beard,

    I didn’t actually mean to say that Paul Henry was the literal combination of male and female pudenda: that would be far too insulting to said organs.

    And yet, he is a classical tiresome ass.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1472 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Jolisa,

    Not even, au!

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

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