Public Address Word of the Year 2008

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  • Matt Godfrey,

    Three pages of comments and no "Credit Crunch" yet!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Matt Godfrey,

    arse!!! there it is near the top of the page.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Savidge,

    Ranapian.

    An overblown, expletive-laden response to a relatively innocuous observation.

    As in, "When the reporter asked Mr Peters to comment on the latest polling figures, he went all Ranapian on his arse". ;)

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 316 posts Report Reply

  • slarty,

    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!

    Damn. Arrived too late for me to put in the BIM!

    [Time for] Change

    Since Nov 2006 • 290 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    Is there a difference between a “credit crunch” and a “credit squeeze” ?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Reid,

    Is "work-life balance" last year?

    South Africa • Since Nov 2006 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Reid,

    Or several years ago.
    Instead I'll nominate "learnings".

    South Africa • Since Nov 2006 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    kitteh?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 471 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

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

    Nope. Dave Letterman, for one.

    On the word thing, I'd like meme banned. But I can see it's just not going away.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7351 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Rofflenui

    Hey is it ok to vote for your own neologism? I've never been in a position to do so before but I'm proud as punch that others have already nominated it.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16503 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    The balance sheets look fair:
    But when they try to operate -
    Liquidity's not there!

    John Clarke did something very similar to this...

    My tape of it is buried somewhere under a pile of magazines but I can recall the line:

    __Shout 'Raffle!' in a crowded room
    Liquidity's not there.__

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • Blake Monkley,

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

    Touchy subject.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • Ian MacKay,

    "tired"

    Bleheim • Since Nov 2006 • 498 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Is there a difference between a “credit crunch” and a “credit squeeze” ?

    One reduces your credit to ash, the other produces an indigestible pulp.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11877 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Dykes,

    Fresh

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Goodfellow,

    There is absolutely no question that 'absolutely' is absolutely THE word for 2008. 'Absolutely' has proved to be the absolutely indispensable word is the lexicon of anyone making a pronouncement on absolutely anything - absolutely dahling.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Russell C,

    For its sheer implanted pervasiveness across the NZ media for a particular period of time and purpose, lets hear it for ..... 'Nanny state'

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Belt,

    No

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 49 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    C runch

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6030 posts Report Reply

  • Adrian Humm,

    Newsprint - you am on to it

    Obamania - word of the year.

    Going forward - this insipid yet repellent (if such a combination exists) phrase plays no part in my plans going forward.

    BTW: does anyone else become irascible on hearing the phrase "PC gone mad"? Surely a bigger threat to linguistic freedom comes from the purveyors of management-speak such as "restructuring" and "down-sizing". I'd rather have a "PC-er" replacing "midget" with "little person" than a mendacious CEO talking about "expanding our global franchise".

    Dargaville • Since Nov 2006 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Mr Goodfellow, you needs to move to Welli where your vocab would fit right in. :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16503 posts Report Reply

  • Hazy11,

    This is my first time public address system, and the two words I would like to promote would be:

    (1) NO
    (2)TRUST

    Since Nov 2008 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    I like Tariana's " Naughty boys made good "

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6030 posts Report Reply

  • nic p,

    We mustn't forget 'hockey mom'...

    our late winter and early spring months would have been so much less enjoyable without her...

    auckland • Since Nov 2008 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Sorry ,not Tariana it was Meturia from the Green Party

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6030 posts Report Reply

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