Word of the Year 2006

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  • Lisa Docherty,

    The Dominion Post ran the Anton Oliver quote like this:

    ... peripatetic [nomadic] ...

    Soon it may come with a Glossary!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • Hamish,

    When I control all the keyboards in the world, people who put two spaces after full stops will be hit on the head with the automatedrubber mallet attached to their monitor.

    Amen.

    Although - Cactuslab people - don't think it isn't noticed that italics are in a different font (*gasp!*). Yeah, I'm down with Lucida Sans like you mooooom.

    Oo, which reminds me, again coming back to anal retentiveness, who else wants to Put the Sans in Comic Sans?

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    When I control all the keyboards in the world, people who put two spaces after full stops will be hit on the head with the automatedrubber mallet attached to their monitor.

    You'll need an especially extreme one for me since I do exactly the same thing in text messages.

    The predictive texting dictionary on my phone is quite possibly the only one in existence that has been trained with "verisimilitude", "lugubrious", "Takapuna" and "unprepossessing", all with the appropriate variants for capitalisation.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 846 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Martin,

    Traduce.

    Apparently, it is all the rage...

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 184 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    I'm hoping a neologism I picked up from somewhere (possibly Fark) will take off so it can be put up for consideration next year.

    Interhate n. A form of hatred of anonymous posters/users/customers/etc exclusive to the Internet.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 846 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    A help-desk/admin friend of mine would like to me to put forward

    pebkac

    - problem exists between keyboard and chair

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    His portrayal of Takapuna was lugubrious and unprepossessing - a triumph of verisimilitude.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2917 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Brislen,

    Unbundle!

    come on, I had to say it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 172 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye,

    Interhate n. A form of hatred of anonymous posters/users/customers/etc exclusive to the Internet.

    That sorta fits in with my desire to see more of the -nator suffix.

    Interhate - as above.
    Internator - troll; practician of interhate. Alternatively, someone that expresses disdain for net users in general.

    Under the western motorwa… • Since Nov 2006 • 523 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Sorry Sarah

    That most definately is not the cutest thing I have ever seen. I'd go so far as to say it's downright icky.

    eww bugs

    cheers
    Bart

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3211 posts Report Reply

  • Sarah Nathan,

    envision

    Call me old-fashioned, but what's wrong with good old envisage?

    Akld • Since Nov 2006 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    Dr Che said:

    but in all seriousness, i'm amazed i wrote a PhD without ever actually reading or using teh words,
    lexiphanic
    thoroughgoing
    peripatetic
    or Gammy.

    Bugger. I used one of those in mine.

    And I used another of them in ordinary old conversation last night. I didn't realise it would put me in the same category as Anton Oliver.

    Personally, I'm quite fond of eggcorns. My daughters sometimes say that they have gotten 'miggled up' about something, and to my delight, some poster somewhere (Kiwiblog perhaps? And that would be a person posting on a blog, not a large sheet of paper with a picture on it tacked to a wall somewhere) talked about what should and should not be part of 'the public square'. Said poster was referring to Dr Brash, so perhaps 'square' was the right word after all.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1296 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    I just heard the Primie Minister on National Radio, talking about New Zealanders in Fiji, who she thought wouldn't be in any immediate danger, because for the most part they woudl not be in the capital, but in tourist hotels and condominia.

    Yeeuuch!

    Referring to stadia is bad enough, but at least stadium / stadia was a proper word and plural form in Latin. 'Condominia' seems a bit damn precious to me.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1296 posts Report Reply

  • Hamish,

    Condominia is a valid (albeit a bit pompous) alternative to condominiums.

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    SInce the word came up in R Brown's latest, I would like to nominate "emo".

    From my personal experience it seems to have leapt into wider prominence this last wee while and seems to capture a thread of the zeitgeist.

    I also feel it neatly describes the year in politics:

    "I hate you! You're so corrupt! You stole my election!"

    "Don't call me corrupt, you don't understand, you're just doing this to hurt me! And anyway, you have secretive financial backers and you're a liar!"

    Et cetera, ad infinitum.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1094 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    Condominia is a valid (albeit a bit pompous) alternative to condominiums.

    Where do we draw the line between pompous and acceptable? I was actually quite impressed when I heard "condominia" this morning, and I use "stadia" myself.

    Are we going to start labelling people as "pompous" if they refer to criteria and phenomena rather than criterions and phenomenoms? Or indices and vertices rather than indexes and vertexes? Or is it pompous to use such words at all?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1039 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Christiant -because 'religious right' and 'fundamentalist' are so last millenium. Also has the added bonus of being rather vague, but specific enough not to offend right-wing fundamentalist Muslims, Hindus, Xenu-worshippers etc.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11781 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Where do we draw the line between pompous and acceptable?

    When no-one can understand you any more, you've hit pompous. I'd given up on 'stadia' because people looked at me blankly. 'Pompous' isn't correctly using 'criteria', it's correctly using 'criterion'.

    Obviously, given language is social, how pompous you are depends on how pompous the people around you are.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    A case of pompous and crcumstances, then?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1094 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Beard,

    When no-one can understand you any more, you've hit pompous.

    When no-one can understand you any more, it's time to get some brighter friends :-)

    Actually, I'd say you've hit pompous when you can no longer understand yourself.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1039 posts Report Reply

  • hamishm,

    Actually, I'd say you've hit pompous when you can no longer understand yourself

    And you don't care, so enamoured of yourself, are you.

    Since Nov 2006 • 345 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    A case of pompous and crcumstances, then?

    Lyndon wins!

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1296 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Cox,

    I've become rather fond of 'woot!'... has a nice feel to it. You can also use it out loud in normal human company, unlike 'lol' for example, which saying out loud pretty much makes you a prize dork.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • reece palmer,

    For some strange reason "Ennui" comes to mind. Not unzuddish I know but rather appropriate.

    the terraces • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • Fraser Honey,

    brouhaka, nice but limited
    recall, also nice but limited
    vision, underexercised
    how about precious? or is that too 2003?

    waitakere • Since Dec 2006 • 1 posts Report Reply

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