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Hard News: The Public Address Word of the Year 2011

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  • Sacha, in reply to Islander,

    even if it has been refreshed by dedicated local usage?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16794 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Islander,

    But I cant be bothered voting for one that’s been around so long…

    Know what you mean. I really thought that munted had gone the way of the long unlamented choice (tschüss, choice), but it's plodded back from the brink with a sort of clubfooted inevitability.

    "I thought it was the yellow jackets that lent a sameness to those EQC types, but maybe there is a certain family muntedness . . ."

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3565 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    linger *extended* meaning humorously...current useage of 'munted' = haddit/buggered/useless...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Cathy Clarke,

    Gone viral.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2011 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Cathy Clarke,

    Gone viral.

    Whut?*
    Where?

    *sic

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    99%

    Te Ika A Maui - Waitakere… • Since Oct 2008 • 572 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Stewart,

    Not much help I'm afraid - except there is a 99% + vote count?

    Fine - for this once I am proud & happy to be in the 1%!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Lilith __,

    Refer ease - the fall of an umpire...

    and our memories are increasingly full of
    references without referents….

    there always was an air of the City and the City wafting about Chchch, all the cab ranks used to be named after long-gone establishments, The Grand, Crystal Palace, etc...
    and apparently there is an old street view app for android phones...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5071 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson,

    New word learnt by Aucklanders in 2011:

    graupel

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Angus Robertson,

    graupel

    Fortunately it hasnt spread-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Jean Hughes, in reply to Ben Cragg,

    agree with Craig - Occupy -

    not explaining the term, but explaining my choice as - 2011 the year it all starts - hopefully

    Mangere • Since Nov 2006 • 57 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Jean Hughes,

    Definitely occupy. Along with its non-English equivalents it's gained a whole new global meaning.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3565 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Islander,

    Haddit, buggered, useless

    When I was working in the US I left a note on a broken incubator saying

    "stuffed, don't use"

    I got several puzzled enquiries as to why I thought the incubator was full when is was clearly empty.

    Apparently Americans don't use the word stuffed to mean broken.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3426 posts Report Reply

  • Roger,

    'Euro-catastrophe' or 'Eurotastrophe'

    Auckland • Since Jun 2007 • 175 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    "Jellvis" - the portrayl, in most of the media (what ever that now is) of the persona of First Citizen John Key and his happy smiling govt as being more popular than Elvis at his peak - the realtiy being that First Citizen and his govt hold the slimest majority that I can recall.

    "The Jelvi" - The people that raced around wearing the Key Person T shirts and the throng of other First Citizen supporters who hold the great one in a godly and most sacred esteem..

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1201 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    "Jelviot" - Mindless media persons - prime example would be the women reporter stationed outside John Keys house on election night gushing about the cost/size of First Citizen's compound and how much bigger and more expensive it was than the coumpounds of his neighbours.

    Party Vote Jelvis.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1201 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to DexterX,

    Ooze zoo...

    First Citizen and his govt hold the slimest majority

    First Citizen and his govt hold the slimiest majority...
    There, I fixed that for you...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5071 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    Has anyone nominated 'meltdown' yet?

    Financial markets, and Fukushima.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    It's been an incredibly eventful year. Far too many things happened for any of them to take precedence. It's been full of surprises, most of them unpleasant, but many with seeds of hope. I think Levi Hawken takes the prize for summing up the Kiwi bemusement at downturns, a wry shrug, a quick look at the pitifully broken thing he had, and then back to bombing the hills like nothing changed, living as he has since my first memory of him as a little boy doing just that on the hills in Herne Bay, like there is no tomorrow. I like to kid myself he got the idea from me - I bombed those same slopes thousands of times. But more likely he simply got something similar out of it - adrenaline rushing down the spine, and that connection with the equipment that makes it feel like a part of you, an unselfconscious feeling of exaltation.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8598 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    "Munted" has been in use by the gathering of the Clans Bogan like 4eva. I remember it from as far back as childhood which is (a)eons ago, which is like longer than the longest time you can think of.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1201 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    [*] Spring

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1616 posts Report Reply

  • adPro,

    How about #

    Wellington • Since Nov 2008 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Moata T,

    Do I get extra points for using them in a sentence?

    (On a )
    Mandate
    (with a)
    Teapot
    Nek Minnit...
    Liquefaction
    Munted
    (my)
    Groin
    Container

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2011 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Moata T,

    #applause

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2173 posts Report Reply

  • Glen Wright,

    Eurogeddon

    Also, funny how the more munted something is, the stronger the mandate.

    Since Nov 2006 • 29 posts Report Reply

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