Public Address Word of the Year 2008

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  • giovanni tiso,

    My mum will be dead proud. :)

    She should be. And, for what it's worth, I'm also in favour of the rofflenui spelling.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • 81stcolumn,

    I was going to enter Brain fart until the accompanying wiki entry blew me away......

    Nawthshaw • Since Nov 2006 • 790 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    And, for what it's worth, I'm also in favour of the rofflenui spelling.

    Et tu, Brute?

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

  • giovanni tiso,

    Et tu, Brute?

    Well, that was my original vote. It's not as if I pretended to switch factions while secretly plotting to restore the republic.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    And thanks to my lack of classical education, I didn't even get the reference. You guys need to suggest some other words before the voting..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    I'm coming around on the spelling... roflnui might be more linguistically pure, but rofflenui is very onomatopoeic. It tells you how to say it, in a user-friendly way. Hmm.

    Is it a noun ("we had a right old rofflenui at that one") or a verb? If so,does it inflect for tense? ("I rofflenuid my &*%^ off").

    Still holding out for Jen's expertise, but also deferring to Islander, who will be responsible for getting this word into the OED ere long!

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

  • Sacha,

    As roflnui it's a bridge between net and maori cultures. As rofflenui it also bridges into pre-net english. I guess we'll have to see how it gets used to figure out what seems right, but I suspect as a modern word there won't be any hard and fast rules - or even one spelling.
    Now, about those other words...

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    It may not deserve to be Word of the Year, but rofflenui is clearly streets ahead in the Word of the Word of the Year competition.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Word!

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Word rulz

    u haz my word


    (blame my nephew I am a sockpuppet at this moment aaaa

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

  • Sacha,

    And in what year would "word" have been the word of the year?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    And in what year would "word" have been the word of the year?

    I shall refer you to Genesis 1:1. (Still during the Peter Gabriel years, then.)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    And here I was imagining the late 80s or early 90s.. :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Leo Koziol,

    obamanation

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Dec 2008 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Leo Koziol,

    Word of the year:

    volatility

    "the stock market is showing signs of volatility..."

    "the price of milk is showing signs of volatility..."

    "the price of oil is showing signs of volatility..."

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Dec 2008 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Corin H,

    Turbo-charge.

    Since Jan 2007 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    I think 'urgency' might make for a good late entrant.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    If you have any more suggestions, get 'em in. I'll harvest the candidates from this thread in the next few days and get a voting thingy in operation.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    shopocalypse

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    I've noticed the term "daddy state" gaining currency in the last few weeks. It's not a new term, but it seems only to have landed here very recently.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy,

    overshare - and I'm not saying anymore

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 224 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Is that "I'm over shares"? :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    I think 'urgency' might make for a good late entrant.

    I was just thinking the same thing a couple of nights ago. 'Urgency' surely should be in there somewhere. I'd plump for 'volatility' as well.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy,

    "I'm over shares"?

    nice

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 224 posts Report Reply

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