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Hard News: The Public Address Word of the Year 2011

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  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Spring.
    [or a related wordphrase like Arab Spring, Tahrir, facebook revolution or Uprising.]

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 2988 posts Report Reply

  • Glen Wright,

    Mandate.

    A 2011 word that can only get better over the next three years.

    Since Nov 2006 • 29 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    The Gretchen Weiners in me wants the word of the year to be 'Fetch'.

    But in my life right now, the appropriate phrase is 'Haverface'

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 723 posts Report Reply

  • merc, in reply to Glen Wright,

    As in the Two-Johnnies (see what I did there ;-) had a man date?

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler, in reply to Glen Wright,

    Mandate.

    you mean to cup of tea?

    edit: missed it by that much.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 2988 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    How about "private", as in "private conversation"?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Economy-related words:

    PIIGS, double-dip, Eurozone.

    Major events:

    Fukushima was big for a while there.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 2988 posts Report Reply

  • Glen Wright, in reply to merc,

    Yep. 2012-14 will see plenty of referring to the mandate that is not really a mandate, secured as a result of a mandate that was not really a mandate.

    What Johnnies do in the privacy of a cafe is really none of my business.

    Since Nov 2006 • 29 posts Report Reply

  • merc, in reply to Glen Wright,

    What Johnnies do in the privacy of a cafe is really none of my business.

    Sadly many of my workmates and some acquaintances have said this is the case. When I say why, they simply say...private is private!

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    Or "Treasury Forecast". But that's really a phrase of the last 3-5 years I guess.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Anonymous Author,

    Disaster/Crisis.
    Sometimes a legitimate state of emergency, sometimes a ludicrous state of emergent hyperbole.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2010 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Rather than "ghost-chips" I'd offer ghost-? as in "You know I can't do your ghost-jobs, John"

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2031 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    EQNZ came 9th last year. Oh, those were simpler, more innocent times.

    I like 'munted'. Beyond its use by Mayor Bob, it seems that for many people around NZ and indeed the world, 2011 has been a bit munted.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1843 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    Or just "Jobs", for the politicos and Apple fanbois both.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 799 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I have a theory - the best nominations for Word of the Year stand on their own with out needing to be explained.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1843 posts Report Reply

  • Anonymous Author,

    Planking.
    Unwittingly captured the zeitgeist of 2011 by being simultaneously ludicrous and disastrous.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2010 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to James Butler,

    Or "Treasury Forecast". But that's really a phrase of the last 3-5 years I guess.

    certainly more useful in retrospect, in any case.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16277 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red, in reply to Anonymous Author,

    captured the zeitgeist of 2011 by being simultaneously ludicrous and disastrous.

    Are you thinking of the Republican Party nomination process by chance?

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Anonymous Author, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Like a ghost-dictionary?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2010 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • Lew Stoddart, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    I have a theory – the best nominations for Word of the Year stand on their own with out needing to be explained.

    I endorse this theory, and think it so powerful that there's no need to talk about it any further.

    L

    Wellington, NZ • Since Aug 2010 • 105 posts Report Reply

  • merc, in reply to Lew Stoddart,

    It's a private meaning.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • David R, in reply to James Butler,

    so Ghost-Jobs as Paul mentioned, but with a capital J. Double whammy.

    AKL • Since Sep 2008 • 18 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    setting the epicene...

    I still say twatcock was gendered

    it definitely ain't neutered,
    positively hermaphroditic,
    an embodiment of mixed
    member representation!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Lew Stoddart,

    neolib :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16277 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Have we got our bunga bunga on yet?

    Berlusconi might work also. Well, he didn't work. Which is I guess the point.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2107 posts Report Reply

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