Public Address Word of the Year 2009

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  • Rich Lock,

    Riding a motorbike carries with it a very high probability of an accident that leans heavily on the health system, so a decent insurance premium seems justified.

    And I don't disagree with you. But turning round and saying 'oh, by the way, you'll be paying 400% more next year for the privilege' is not exactly the right way to go about winning friends and influencing people.

    Plus the boundaries have been set by taking into account engine size only, with no attempt to relate these to the actual power generated, or overall configuration of the machine.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2343 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    As for the philosophy of the inaugural bikoi, that hangs together less well. Riding a motorbike carries with it a very high probability of an accident that leans heavily on the health system, so a decent insurance premium seems justified.

    If any group of motorists deserve to be pinged with higher ACC premiums, it should be the Hartley-Moores and Tony Friedlanders of this world. And also of course, anyone with an inferiority complex (shrimps who drive hulking V8's come to mind). Not likely to happen in a hurry though, since turkeys don't vote for their own Thanksgiving.

    Personally I think it's the thin end of the privatisation wedge. Of course you want to accustom people to being segmented and paying higher premiums before chunks of risk pool are sold off. No doubt the highest-risk, uninsurable people will be left to the state.

    Want to close the loophole? Then look no further than re-opening the litigation floodgates to any privatised accident insurance system. Then insurers will go, "Ohh stuff it, we're not going to make any money out of this." It'll be messy, and maybe Machiavellian to boot, but it'll remind people why ACC was formed in the first place.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4140 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Riding a motorbike carries with it a very high probability of an accident that leans heavily on the health system, so a decent insurance premium seems justified.

    There is still debate over accountability, but being a Scooterist, I'll declare a conflict and move on. Still, you can only ride one motorbike at a time, so is it fair when someone has a collection of motorbikes for them to have to pay the levy multiple times?

    This is a topic for a whole different discussion.

    'Bikoi' Gets my vote.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    I'm nominating slapstick orgasm, from the reporting of the An Adagio Christmas non-story un-controversy.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1850 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I quite liked “bikoi”. The word just sounds natural and elegantly describes a hikoi on bikes. For a cross-language graft, it hangs together well.

    Much better than "whiny entitled jerks who should start paying part of the bill for their middle age crisis".

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11855 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    an heresey uttered out loud: there was no memorable word for 2009.
    It was cliche adspeak comporn & mediabumpf from here to breakfast-

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

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    It was cliche

    You have mail :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5971 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Sofie - 8>) (and me to bed!) But hey - if there are ever alliteration stakes, a certain party has won it - and it aint Stella! Tho' the performance was-

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

  • Blake Monkley,

    Handover

    Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    What happened to textes?

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2024 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    I have a lingering fondness for binge thinking

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 704 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I have a lingering fondness for binge thinking

    The only effective cure for the hangovers from it is hair of the blog

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8305 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    What happened to textes?

    How do you write that sound you make when you go 'hewwwuhuh' while involuntarily shaking?

    That word is right up there with 'Exclusively'.

    Just remembered my favourite, all purpose noughties word;

    'Meh!'

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    "Annnnd the all-purpose pun nostrum award goes to......BenWilson!"

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

  • Islander,

    "Annnnd the all-purpose pun nostrum award goes to......BenWilson!"


    Gah! How did the doubling happen?

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

  • James Francis,

    What happened to textes?

    Got lostes

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • Felix Marwick,

    in honor of all those Top Model shows

    beautilate

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Inadvertent gets its umpteenth airing for the year, most featuring the same tribe of pollies. Lack of deliberateness, little deliberation about anything.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16433 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Inadvertent gets its umpteenth airing

    Oh, I can't wait for the 10 minute detailed news item on this one...

    'Exclusively, we talk to the driver of the self drive ministerial vehicle, and discover that the vehicle doesn't drive itself at all, you actually have to drive it! More shocking revelations, exclusively, at 7.'

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    At least they won't have to send a camera crew to Dipton for the interview.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16433 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    At least they won't have to send a camera crew to Dipton for the interview.

    Huh? oh... (orders them back) ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5971 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    If [insert name of Nation whose TV company bought the franchise here] Top Model were to be broadcast three times of an evening could it be called Tri Nightly beautilate?
    Sounds like a faked Organic.
    OOOh, that Barnzy is just sooo way out there. init.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4635 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Beer Lao this early?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16433 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Ah, but. It's getting warm and the thought of a cold one or two at the well renowned Mac's Bar in Kingsland seems a go.
    Come five O'Clock I can see a jug or several slip quietly into the past tense.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4635 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    Not word of the year unfortunately, but perhaps it could qualify as Blend of the Year:

    Foxymoron News

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 91 posts Report Reply

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