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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2014

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  • Grant McDougall, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Well they sure do seem like something invented by The Onion.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 759 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I like hageraphobia but admittedly I just made it up this morning so probably not a great candidate.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    I see a great future for that word and could be WOTY for 2015.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3189 posts Report Reply

  • Cushla McKinney,

    What about:
    Gigatown
    Disinformation
    Manban
    Misheard

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    St Nicky…. wonder worder

    hageraphobia

    I came up with hageriography some time ago,
    which is writing about bad people
    (as opposed to hagiography, natch)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7876 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I came up with hageriography some time ago,
    which is writing about bad people
    (as opposed to hagiography, natch)

    Conversely, this is a Hagarograph .

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    "Policy tightening". A common excuse for mistreating people often heard from WINZ for example.
    Corruption
    "Majority" (a word used when in fact you only have minority support)
    Donghua (could have many meanings, none of which would have good connotations)

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 350 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    The kids' words of the year are
    Dry - in response to anything they disagree with or if they are being made fun of.
    Care - in response to any attack, perceived slight or situation they exit the worst from.
    Rack - to steal something.

    There ya go - directly from primary school.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 350 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    "Inequality" would be my WOTY.

    I also want to nominate the digram "white people," used in an othering sense, which I'm seeing everywhere ATM and which I find interesting.

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    oh, and +1 for refute (much misused this year by journos who should know better)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19667 posts Report Reply

  • Sanya Baker,

    Darn, I did want to suggest:
    Redacted
    Child poverty
    and second:
    Inequality
    but missed the deadline.
    Happy voting everyone.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Dec 2011 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • william blake,

    deadline?

    Bestie

    Adorbs

    Side boob

    Clickbait

    Octocopter

    Paleodiet

    Since Mar 2010 • 377 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Vote over here

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19667 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    I'm thoroughly with Graeme with 1) cray 2) peakcray but also 3) dirty cos obvious.

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    I think we need another competition trying to guess the WOTY for 2015. See who is most clairvoyant.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3189 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    2015 nomination – rectal feeding – old timey medical treatment, recently revived in a non kinky capacity under the Dick. What our allies lack in moral fibre they more than make up for in perverse creativity. Anyway...we hate ISIS, we hate ISIS, we hate ISIS. [emphasis]. ISIS are the threat, ISIS are the threat, ISIS are the threat. [claps]. 2 legs good, 2 legs bad, ISIS, ISIS, Boom Boom Afridi.

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

  • mark taslov, in reply to mark taslov,

    * Apologies, I do seem to have made an absolute balls up of a typo above. Please, in your mind, reconfigure the simple present tense refrain “we hate ISIS” to the progressive “we are hating ISIS♥”.

    ♥ until further notice.

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

  • Soon Lee,

    Is it too early to pre-nominate for next year?

    #Illridewithyou

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    I'm picking 'cut the crap' for 2015. Because there's so much crap still out there...

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2089 posts Report Reply

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