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Hard News: The Public Address Word of the Year 2010

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  • recordari, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Grief and shock over the Pike River mine tragedy has stretched though all the West Coast's towns.

    And they couldn't even get through (with an 'r') the first sentence without a cock-up.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Love the twatcockery, but the word must be "iPad". Remember the naysayers, the scorn, but now the ubiquity

    Yes, it's literally everywhere. For instance, nobody I know outside of this place has one.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7385 posts Report Reply

  • Jacob Powell, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    As general obscenity goes, no. I mean, it’s no f*&knuckle. Or knobend, even.

    I've become somewhat partial to knob satchel (effectively inferring that the insulted has a contraceptive personality!), an expression I have only ever heard from my flatmate - though he's from the Waikato and I generally try to be just passing through.

    [No offence intended Waikato. It's not you, it's me...]

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

  • Jacob Powell, in reply to Jolisa,

    The iPad could be a contender for Tool of the Year. There’d be a bit of competition, mind.

    I'd say an ex-breakfast presenter would be well in the running for Tool of the Year and just like that we're back to twatcock.

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

  • Jacob Powell, in reply to James Butler,

    I’m seeing a nice Dr. Seussian dichotomy...

    "Hot twats twatting hatted cocks..."

    <end Oh dear! What is Dr Seuss' porn name? />

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

  • caycos,

    One word which has really been everywhere that I've been looking this year is privilege. Obviously not a new one, but more and more present.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2009 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Jacqui Dunn,

    Oh, I think the word that has resonated with me a lot this year is relaxed, as in "Prime Minister John Key says he is....." about, well, everything really, so may I please put in a (late) nomination?

    Relaxed. Relaxed . Relaxed. Relaxed

    Deepest, darkest Avondale… • Since Jul 2010 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Jacob Powell,

    [No offence intended Waikato. It’s not you, it’s me…]

    On consideration, I think it's probably Waikato...

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2157 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Late entry: I'm a bit tired of "heartwarming" as well.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2157 posts Report Reply

  • Lara,

    Aside from the obvious frontrunner, I would vote for relaxed . Are you relaxed? I'm relaxed. About everything (except the things I'm concerned about).

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2009 • 75 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams, in reply to James Butler,

    I'm seeing a nice Dr. Seussian dichotomy between the hat-twat twatcockers and hot-twat twatcockers. I imagine we'll discover in the end that our twatcocks are all the same underneath.

    Genius!

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2233 posts Report Reply

  • Scott A, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    Love the twatcockery, but the word must be “iPad”. Remember the naysayers, the scorn, but now the ubiquity

    Yes, it’s literally everywhere. For instance, nobody I know outside of this place has one.

    A bit like the usage of the word "twatcock" really; hasn't reached the popular parlance outside of PAS, not like words/phrases like "vuvuzela," "liquefaction", "iPad" and "real New Zealander".

    The late introduction of "relaxed" is a great idea!

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 121 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    I've just discovered that I am co-habiting with a twot-cocker. this may put an end to marital harmony.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Sean Handley,

    What about "gagmachine"? Hope it does the job at Pike River eh? Could be used re: Wikileaks too..?

    Nelson • Since Nov 2010 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • ange wither,

    My vote is in for Twatcock, with what could be a southern pronunciation, ie
    "stupid twotcock burned the cheese rolls in the crib, so we've biffed them into the skip, lets buy a boston bun instead so we can avoid more twotcockery from our visiting North Islander - fancy serving the chocolate wheatens on a plate *chocolate side down*"

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 54 posts Report Reply

  • Mellopuffy,

    alternatives to twatcock.... 'mingeknob' and 'fannyrods' (actually those last two, together, heh)

    Dunedin, NZ • Since Feb 2007 • 60 posts Report Reply

  • kiwifarang,

    Take a "twotcock" and mix in a dash of Chemical Brothers and you get..."Twotcockin' Beats".

    Which is the sound of P**l H****y stroking his ego.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Recovery mode.....

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1497 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Stupid twatcock. Doesn't know the difference between a crib and a bach, a chip ,a punnet or a pottle, Remuera tractor or a Fendalton tractor, loaf or a 1/2 loaf, werk and work, cheese rolls or...well... nothing, brown derby or choccy dipped, carbonettes or briquettes, ......

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1497 posts Report Reply

  • Dave Chowdhury,

    I like 'refudiate', but my vote goes to 'shellacking' , given currency by Obama after the mid-terms, and a portent of conservative political madness to come.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2010 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome,

    Without being overly conspirational I'd like to suggest "Without being overly conspirational..."

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 424 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    ETA: "Conspirational" it is, I should have trusted your expertise...

    It seems like a classic phrase for every season though, not specifically 2010 in origin - and I recall someone's comment re "Always blow on the pie" that surely a phrase can't be word of the year?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1563 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome,

    "Conspiratorial" it is. I agree that a phrase isn't really a word.

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 424 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Getting further offtopic, but - has there been much in the way of Pike River conspiracy theory crawling out of the woodwork yet?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1563 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome,

    Not as much as I suspected. The usual suspects are pointing the fingers at the Green Movement as the reason why the tragedy occurred ("If only it had been an open cast mine!") but, aside from a few religious types arguing that divine revenge is the flavour of the month, most of the talk has been perfectly normal speculation as how such a tragedy could occur without inferring to the existence of a terrible conspiracy.

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 424 posts Report Reply

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