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Hard News: Jacindamania: Word famous in New Zealand

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  • mark taslov,

    Great words and superb results! I have a query Russell, noting that there are technically two Māori words in the top 10 this year, I’m wondering whether this is a first or what the precedent is for Māori words making the shortlist in years past. I’m struggling to easily find the pages though I did stumble on Rena in 2011. I’d certainly be interested in more data if you might have a list of the lists somewhere to answer that conveniently. If not, aua atu rā.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    Jezebel piece #MeToo Creator Tarana Burke Will Be Dropping the Crystal Ball In Times Square includes a link to the creation and popularisation of the tag.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,


    Just realised that’s probably not the Māori ‘rena’ given the ship was Greek owned and registered in Liberia.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Funny how word of the year is often famous during the last part of the year. Some of the runner-ups, however, where remembered from early in the year notoriety. I like that that happened. (Alternative facts.)

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4411 posts Report Reply

  • Katita,

    I love you Public Address - Merry Christmas to my beacon of twinkly lights in an otherwise right-of-centre mediocrity.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 67 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green,

    The longest day and it's cool, overcast and raining!
    Allahu Akbar!
    Wishing to all and sundry a thoroughly pagan solstice.

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • Doug Hood,

    thanks for caring Russ, have a great break mate

    Kingsland • Since Oct 2009 • 44 posts Report Reply

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