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Hard News: The Public Address 2012 Word of the Year - and Decade!

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  • Ross Mason,

    MSM. n. Derogatory (usually). Pronounced: Emesem. Mainly refers to "paper news". Connotations of being "old hat" but reliable......and (possibly) biased.

    That practically didn't exist before blogs and webnews.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1458 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Rachel Prosser,

    Also “yeah yeah yeah” When did we start saying that in threes?

    My husband theorises that in any large social gathering of New Zealanders, if you listen carefully, there will be regular exclamations of "yeahyeahyeah" around the room. It's a Thing We Do and I don't know why.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3582 posts Report Reply

  • Myles Thomas,

    Woty - relaxed
    As in I'm relaxed about all the faux pas I've made this year

    Wotd- like (with thumbs up symbol)
    From Facebook. We may try to deny but this has been the phenomenon even in NZ. And it started in 2004, though seems to be on the wane from next year.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • SteveH, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Google seems to have been around since the late 90s- but did it become a verb before 2002?

    Definitely. People were using it that way when I was living in Sydney and I came back in 2001.

    Since Sep 2009 • 316 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Danielle,

    hear, hear...

    “yeahyeahyeah”

    + "Yeah, No"
    (phrase of the decade/millennium)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4197 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Lipscombe,

    Word of the year -- I'm with 'hashtag'.
    Word of the decade -- how about 'GFC' ? Strictly speaking an acronym, I know...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2011 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    "Nec minit" earned it's stripes too.
    I'd rather give Levi kudos over anything John Key has said. It would ruin my day to think Mr Keys won woty for his weasle words.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5693 posts Report Reply

  • Phil Palmer,

    "scaffolder-investor"

    It seems so long ago now...

    Since Nov 2006 • 34 posts Report Reply

  • ange wither,

    I'm putting a hands up for "equality" for WOTY

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 52 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    WOTY: Kiosk - it's link to PA and the unfolding of privacy breaks through several agencies. Go Keith.
    WOTD: Media - mainstream-, social-, new/old-, and of course Media7/3. The frequency of the word these days compares to when I only heard it used at University.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 522 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    My favourite is still cyber marae as it describes PAS so well. But not a widely used term.
    So for WOTY I think Dotcom probably has it over PlanetKey

    For WOTD anything to do with social media eg hashtag, skype, tweet, twitter, facebook,smart phone, or political activism: Anonymous, Occupy or 1% (recent but hugely influential), or even climate change or Peak Oil

    Or any noun used as a verb or vice versa (eg 'Here's your invite" or "I will Facebook you").

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 1901 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    I would also like to suggest a NZer of the Year - someone who stood up for people and principles in spite of powerful opposition.
    Suggestions:
    Mike Joy
    Lance O'Sullivan (Northland doctor)
    Keith Ng
    Annette Sykes
    Kim Dotcom
    Most people in Christchurch

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 1901 posts Report Reply

  • Eric Dutton,

    And for those following the great Auckland gravy train (CRL sorry) $173 million has been allocated as fees for c'nts (pronounced "consultants" of course.)

    Whangarei • Since Nov 2006 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Scott Chris, in reply to Rachel Prosser,

    Also “yeah yeah yeah” When did we start saying that in threes?

    She loves you? Yeah, yeah, yeah

    Auckland • Since Feb 2012 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15714 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Danielle,

    regular exclamations of "yeahyeahyeah" around the room. It's a Thing We Do and I don't know why.

    Picked it up unconsciously off someone I worked with. Sounds like I'm being impatient rather than agreeing. #grrr

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15714 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    "Yeah, No"

    That's true - when did "yeah, nah" first appear?
    Calling Dr Hay..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15714 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I think the speed of the yeah is intended to indicate the level of familiarity with a point they agree with, or at least understand. One long slow measured yeah is like "that's deep, sista", whereas "yeahyeahyeahyeah..yup..yup......Yeah!" is going from x12 on MySky to x6 to normal speed...catching up, slowing down.

    It's also pause filler, though.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8015 posts Report Reply

  • Scott Chris, in reply to Chris Lipscombe,

    Strictly speaking an acronym, I know…

    Just to be pedantic, it's actually an initialism as opposed to an acronym which is distinguished by the initial letters being spoken as a word (such as RADAR) rather than articulating each letter. (such as G.F.C. or U.S.A.)

    So, yeah nah, at the end of the day it's all good going forward.

    Auckland • Since Feb 2012 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    My favourite is still cyber marae as it describes PAS so well. But not a widely used term.

    Ditto.

    WOTD, this might just reflect my perspective; PLTD as in 'Permanent or Long Term Departures' (I think David Slack offered 'Australia' too). Remember the 'Wave Goodbye to Higher Taxes, Not Your Loved Ones)

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2185 posts Report Reply

  • Lindsay Vette,

    My thoughts:

    - Novopay, surely the worst run IT project I've heard of in a long time. It makes me embarrassed to be an IT Consultant
    - Kiosk, also makes me embarrassed to be an IT Consultant, and particularly one with a geeky bent
    - Kim Dotcom, as much as I hate to admit it. Can we please just have one day this year when the large smiling Mercedes driving German is not in the news? Just one please?

    Tauranga • Since Nov 2006 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Anonymous Author,

    WotY: EPO as in Lance 'erythropoietin' Armstrong
    WotD: P as in pure methamphetamine

    Auckland • Since Nov 2010 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Jane, in reply to Danielle,

    yeah, no. Yeah.

    Since May 2009 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Paul Williams,

    East of Eden...

    ’Wave Goodbye to Higher Taxes,
    Not Your Loved Ones"

    Down here in Chchch, National's
    promised 'Brighter Future'
    has morphed into the grimmer
    'Brighton Future'*

    Though the locals have a much better plan
    than the Council/Govt's lame ideas...

    *could someone tell John Key there are still people living in much worse conditions and physically unsafe suburbs in Chch East, while he is busily promising the folk of Hobsonville they won't be left behind or uncared for.
    (Not to deny those folk need help, my sympathies go out to them all, but just don't believe a word Key says - rely on your local community and people who care.)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4197 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Anonymous Author,

    P as in pure methamphetamine

    New Zealand - 100% P
    has a certain cachet...
    or is that sachet?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4197 posts Report Reply

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