Public Address Word of the Year 2008

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  • Greg Dawson,

    Just plain "Credit"

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 277 posts Report Reply

  • JCDC,

    smiling assasin

    Since May 2007 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • WS,

    " you know what ?"
    I KNOW ..not a word, but another Americanism slipping in, listen to americans use it to precede a reply( "no i DON'T know what ! thats why i'm bloody well asking you ! " ) , like the odious "like".... it'll be here soon enough - going forward.

    Christchurch • Since May 2007 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • richard maclean,

    icon going forward

    wellington • Since Nov 2008 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • elsketcho,

    poogate

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • elsketcho,

    Obamarama

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • Volnay,

    Labourlite was a new word in the year and is not likely to be used again.

    Since Dec 2007 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Blake Monkley,

    Stimulus package.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • Volnay,

    Can you too be a 'Rodney'?

    Since Dec 2007 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    " you know what ?"

    Ah, but that has a useful purpose, as a precursor. For example: 'you know what? Bite me.' If you just said 'bite me' with no preamble, it wouldn't have that whole 'call and response' insult thing going on, and it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying.

    'Stimulus package' makes me think of dirty things. Am I alone in that?

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3661 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Lyndon: bravo, sir. I believe that should get a special judge's award for outstandingly non-compliant entry allowed on grounds of brilliance.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2968 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Lyndon: bravo, sir. I believe that should get a special judge's award for outstandingly non-compliant entry allowed on grounds of brilliance.

    Agreed. That was superb.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18970 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Allow me to toss in "Labour Plus".

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18970 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    Ta.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1096 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Calder,

    Surely "issues". No two minutes pass on Morning Report without its being used. People are not "sick"; they have "health issues". Organisations are not understaffed or shorthanded; they have staffing issues. Sometimes people just have issues - as Helen Clark was said to have with Brian Connell so he was dropped. Issues are usually around things, so that if you find "health issues" too bald and abrupt, you can have issues around health. Count 'em, tomorrow. This is not the most overused word; it is, after "the" "a/an" and "and" the most used word.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 64 posts Report Reply

  • elsketcho,

    troop surge - or was that last year? How long has that bloody war been running anyway? How quickly time dulls recollection.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • elsketcho,

    sea ice.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • philipmatthews,

    "Credit crunch" was a new one on me this year.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2007 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Surely "issues". No two minutes pass on Morning Report without its being used. People are not "sick"; they have "health issues". Organisations are not understaffed or shorthanded; they have staffing issues.

    And Maori and Pacific Islanders apparently aren't human beings with lives. They have "issues" (that are covered a Maori issues correspondent and a Pacific issues correspondent), but don't we all?
    I have to agree with you, Mr Calder -- its turning into the new "lifestyle". (And why is it that white middle-class heterosexuals have lives, while the rest of us have 'lifestyles' -- as if everything you do is as trivial, and ultimately worthless, as picking whether you're going to have Thai or Chinese for dinner.)

    Allow me to toss in "Labour Plus".

    And may I raise you a hearty fuck off to "flip-flop" and throw in "Labour-lite" for free?. Sorry, but a mature political culture has got to start saying that changing your mind -- or not adopting extreme positions to keep the media bitch pack amused -- isn't some horrible defect. At least not if you're an adult.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    Something from the under 12s:

    "Chillax."

    In equal measures inevitible, predictable and charming.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 213 posts Report Reply

  • James Green,

    Emmissions
    Tolerence

    Next thing you know ACT will be campaigning for greater Litterecy!

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 689 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    And from the Peters file:

    "No."

    Surely, this will enter the language in its rightful place, alongside

    "Yeah, right."

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 213 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Liquidity, liquidity, there's nothing like liquidity...

    ... Our Dollars are entirely bucked;
    Our Pounds are lacking quiddity.
    In Commerce (and in Finance too)
    The balance sheets look fair:
    But when they try to operate -
    Liquidity's not there!

    I am so happy to have prompted this.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1563 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Apologies for doublepost...

    "Chillax"

    This one's not really that new, sadly - I've seen it around for a few years. Nonetheless, awesome.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1563 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Kennedy,

    1. bailout
    2. beached as
    3. lipstick on a pig

    Purgatory • Since May 2008 • 5 posts Report Reply

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