Word of the Year 2007

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  • Sara Noble,

    Also has a sublime quality, and begs sub-crime/subcriminal etc.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2007 • 127 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    Yeah, sub-prime gets my vote as well.

    It's a versatile term, a useful metaphor,, and it also stands as a symbol of unending human folly.

    I mean, who would have thought lending money to people who were bad credit risks would be so, umm, risky?

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    One word that's been making me grind my teeth is "refute", used in the sense of "repudiate" or "deny" rather than "disprove."

    I'm not sure if that's my nomination though. When do nominations close?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2906 posts Report Reply

  • Sara Noble,

    But dyslek.... dislyx... that word has to get an honourable mention. Have always thought that using it to dyscribe a condition that makes reading and/or spelling diffiicult is a measure of human perversity.

    IRD xxx

    State the nature of your disabiltiy:
    Dys...


    Sorry I can't even spell dioharreehahahaha - as in verbal. I'll shut up now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2007 • 127 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Easterbrook,

    Key too

    Official National Party Policy.

    e.g. Labour will continue to follow an independent foreign policy. Key too.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I'm not sure if that's my nomination though. When do nominations close?

    End of the week-ish. It would be helpful if someone could list the contenders in a post here (I'm going to be kind of consumed by Thursday's party and am likely to be unwell on Friday) and then I'll get a Survey Monkey page up to take votes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17967 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Thus far we have:

    its Business Time
    rotation
    reconditioning
    Rotation and Reconditioning
    Carbon
    sausage-wallet
    Migration (as in bubble)
    Carbonista
    Terrorista
    Urewera
    Te Qaeda
    robust
    random
    Guybrarian
    Coskriedictory
    mum and dad investors
    broconomy
    Sustainability
    Wayne Barnes
    versing
    World Class
    Fizzer
    Créditos de carbono/carbocred
    Munter and Cheryl
    Tuhoe
    going forward
    Theatre
    The Beltway
    Stupidiocracy
    underwhelming
    Common sense
    Vindication
    Love-Truncheon
    Encrapt
    demagogracy
    nearmissedness
    Dyslexia
    proportion
    Jaffanese
    Craft2.0
    I-bicycle
    sub-prime
    refute
    Key too

    Apologies to anyone I missed.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 2971 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    My entry for most hated phrase is "World Class".

    I missed this when Ben first listed it, but this is one of my favourite love-to-hate phrases.

    My theory is that it's actually used when someone is comparing New Zealand with Australia but doesn't want to it look like petty trans-Tasman rivalry.

    "Queen Street will soon have world-class paving stones along the footpath, just like in Sydney and Melbourne!"

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    Thus far we have:

    its Business Time

    Can I please nominate "Apostrophe-catastrophe" for word of the year?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 718 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    Can I please nominate "Apostrophe-catastrophe" for word of the year?

    I's that cau'se you luuurrrvvveee the apo'strophe's or becau'se you hate's them?

    Personally, I wouldn't shop at a greengrocer's that didn't have at least three gratuitous apostrophes - anything less shows a lack of professional pride in a historic mercantile tradition.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 825 posts Report Reply

  • Jacob Powell,

    Nice one Garth, I like sub-prime too.

    It puts me in mind of our shift from a basic Sky TV package to Freeview earlier this year. Once we'd plugged everything back in I realised that we were now in a sub-prime state. Or perhaps that should be sans-Prime...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 21 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    Great list, Graeme.

    How could we have forgotten (so far)...

    xtra service

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    And three more words or phrases which I think indicate nothing more than the paucity of the speaker's vocabulary

    yeah right

    gutted

    stoked

    I would be delighted if I never, ever hear or read them again.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1275 posts Report Reply

  • Sara Noble,

    xtra service is very salt, but I think the sentiment is covered by sub-prime.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2007 • 127 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye,

    Godwin, the verb, more by virtue of demonstration than usage. There was someone at the EFB protest wielding a swastika banner; it feels to me that NZ politics has become so rabidly polarised, and the media get so histrionic, that every little argument gets ramped up to a godwin stalemate really quickly now.

    Under the western motorwa… • Since Nov 2006 • 522 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    For those seeking inspiration, here's the Google zeitgeist for New Zealand in 2007.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1091 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Godwin, the verb, more by virtue of demonstration than usage. There was someone at the EFB protest wielding a swastika banner; it feels to me that NZ politics has become so rabidly polarised, and the media get so histrionic, that every little argument gets ramped up to a godwin stalemate really quickly now.

    Mr Litterick of the Fundy Post has an intriguing account of Protest Saturday in Auckland.

    He goes to these things so you don't have to.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17967 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    @ deborah

    yeah right

    someone you know tried to sneak that into a cabinet paper.

    got pretty close, apparently.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2018 posts Report Reply

  • Testcard,

    'Bombshell'. Something that a person drops, causing all manner of shock and surprise.

    Since Nov 2007 • 23 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    Mr Litterick of the Fundy Post has an intriguing account of Protest Saturday in Auckland.

    He goes to these things so you don't have to.

    Interesting how recent events have brought out both the far-left and far-right elements in society. Maybe they all could do well to browse a Cronulla Beach real estate brochure or two.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 3907 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    'Bombshell'. Something that a person drops, causing all manner of shock and surprise.

    In the context of the terrorism business, shouldn't that be "Bombershell"?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17967 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I'm 100% behind sub prime. It sums up a series of sporting achievements (rugby, cricket, netball, that stupid thing with the sailing boats), legislative attempts (EFB, Section 59 repeal), the actions of various people around October 15th.

    It just feels like the year that "wasn't really".

    Since Nov 2006 • 6145 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Mr Litterick of the Fundy Post has an intriguing account of Protest Saturday in Auckland.

    It reads like a sadomasochistic extravaganzas might be on the cards.
    Im' thinking, horse mounted hippies disciplining the flock.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2285 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    Graeme - you missed Coldplay, but that's ok because Clocked is better.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1612 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    gutted

    You know what's the weirdest thing about "gutted"? Some people spell it "guttered". I assume they're thinking it means "I felt so low, it was as if I had been kicked to the gutter," which probably makes more sense to them than feeling like you'd been disembowelled.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

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