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Hard News: Word of the Year 2011 -- The Vote!

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  • Sacha,

    First (hey it's a word)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16614 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Second. ... as in ..2nd best word.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1495 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Man, it's hard to choose!!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3442 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    That's a good selection of words. My voting criteria - I look at words that have burst into popular culture in 2011 with a distinct new meaning, and that have a life offline as well as online.

    As we have three hashtags in the list now, I wonder if there should be a separate prize for hashtag of the year. I mean, I've never heard anyone use "hash ar double-yew see twenty eleven" in speech so probably not a WOTY winner , but yet it was all over Twitter.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1856 posts Report Reply

  • Ben McNicoll,

    Russell, could you list the nominees in the post?

    It would make it easier to consider before voting.

    Unless I've missed the official nominee announcement somewhere?

    Grey Lynn • Since May 2007 • 110 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Ben McNicoll,

    Russell, could you list the nominees in the post?

    It would make it easier to consider before voting.

    What he said.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3442 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    "hash ar double-yew see twenty eleven"

    not much creativity or wit involved though

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16614 posts Report Reply

  • Dee Morgan,

    ... so hard to decide!

    Auckland, New Zealand • Since Jul 2011 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Ben McNicoll,

    Russell, could you list the nominees in the post?

    Good call. Doing that now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18837 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Ooooh. STV :)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1546 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Ooooh. STV :)

    Heh.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18837 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Fracking and Phone hacking have full stops at the end.

    Is it something to do with lit raytion? Rye ming slang?

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1495 posts Report Reply

  • David R,

    I'm pretty distraught that Ghost Jobs didnt get in....

    AKL • Since Sep 2008 • 18 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Cooke,

    I really can't work out the fuss about 'munted'. It's not as though it's a new word for 2011, spontaneously springing from the rubble of Christchurch. It has been around for at least 20 years to my knowledge.

    Hamilton • Since Dec 2011 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Steve Cooke,

    I really can’t work out the fuss about ‘munted’. It’s not as though it’s a new word for 2011, spontaneously springing from the rubble of Christchurch. It has been around for at least 20 years to my knowledge.

    Of course. But it is a word that found its destiny in 2011.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18837 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Davidson, in reply to Steve Cooke,

    It's word of the year - not new word of the year. Otherwise it'd be a bit like awarding NZer of the year to a baby born in 2011...

    Sydney • Since Mar 2007 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Steve Cooke,

    I really can’t work out the fuss about ‘munted’. It’s not as though it’s a new word for 2011, spontaneously springing from the rubble of Christchurch. It has been around for at least 20 years to my knowledge.

    Steve, seriously, while we were digging our arses out of liquifaction, cooking in our garages and crapping in our gardens, we were also supposed to invent a new word to describe the situation? Sorry we didn't live up to your standards.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Steve, seriously, while we were digging our arses out of liquifaction, cooking in our garages and crapping in our gardens, we were also supposed to invent a new word to describe the situation? Sorry we didn’t live up to your standards.

    Whoa, I didn't read that into Steve's comment at all. I have to admit, I hadn't associated "munted" particularly with #eqnz until this thread. And I don't think that fact can/should take anything away from the experiences of those who had.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Munted was well and truly claimed this year. The similarly frequent and #eqnz-linked "kia kaha" seems less fondly remembered here.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16614 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to James Butler,

    Whoa, I didn’t read that into Steve’s comment at all. I have to admit, I hadn’t associated “munted” particularly with #eqnz until this thread.

    I'm quite surprised by that. I mean, when Bob Parker uses it ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18837 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I’m quite surprised by that. I mean, when Bob Parker uses it …

    See, there's someone I don't pay a lot of attention to right there.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to James Butler,

    I have to admit, I hadn't associated "munted" particularly with #eqnz until this thread.

    I don't even.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Sacha,

    The similarly frequent and #eqnz-linked “kia kaha” seems less fondly remembered here.

    it might have been frequent (I don't actually think it was as frequent) but it didn't have the longevity, and Word of the Year favours things that were either recent or persistent. Kia kaha didn't resonate down here the way "munted" did. Some people (not me) found it patronising.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Russell, could you list the nominees in the post?

    It's about the word not the personality. Jeez, anybody would think this were the general election.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4802 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    It's about the word not the personality

    bunga bunga

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16614 posts Report Reply

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