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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2015

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  • linger,

    Flagging
    as in, Key continues flagging a dead cause, despite flagging interest in ... flagging.

    Infernal:
    Key's flag preference.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1886 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood, in reply to Tristan,

    Trivia: The HTML error 501 ("Not Implemented: The server does not support the functionality required to fulfill the request. This is the appropriate response when the server does not recognize the request method and is not capable of supporting it for any resource.") is also what you get when you ask Australia to respect human rights.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1115 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    Berm gardener

    Yeah, I know, two words, but I enjoy saying it and the image it conjures up, it was either that or Berm gardener license

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • jeremy stewart,

    Like "refugee" and "terrorists", both parts of the same problem

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Detainee

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3196 posts Report Reply

  • Stuart Coats,

    The word we heard most this year: Richie

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler, in reply to RyanG,

    "pretty legal"

    'twas last year.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • Don Reid,

    Can we have acronyms? Through October, I was confused by commentators describing Ritchie McCaw as a ‘goat’. Then I saw it written as G.O.A.T., which, to me, read like a mid-90s Wildside band. Hey I think he’s the ‘Greatest… ‘ , but in written form G.O.A.T. was as ubiquitous as it was confounding.

    Hobart, Tasmania • Since Jul 2014 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Can I propose that we limit the words chosen to words not used for the first time in this comments thread :-P

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3202 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    "Climate change" dominates everything else this year. Although "TPPA" is still simmering. Government speak is all about "investing for outcomes" .

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3196 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Paris. For atrocities – started with Charlie Hedbo on January 7 – and for the Paris climate change talks.

    Also "je suis".

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Tze Ming Mok,

    'Density'

    As in -panic, and 'Give in to the Dark Side Luke... it is your Density.'

    SarfBank, Lunnin' • Since Nov 2006 • 154 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Hermans,

    GIF

    Auckland • Since Sep 2014 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Ianmac,

    Judith-Innocence (Like insisting to your kids that Father Christmas is real even when they are teens.)

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome,

    Yep, Twitterati for my pick. It's the enemy within that never gives up (because it does not exist).

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 441 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Hermans,

    Hypnoflag

    Auckland • Since Sep 2014 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Martin Hermans,

    ...we must vote for the hypnoflag...

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1886 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Red Peak: because it got on the ballot, which is quite remarkable.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    and to flog a dead horse beyond recognition:

    Chinese-sounding

    As in:

    David Seymour : Will the pandas have Chinese-sounding names?

    Mr SPEAKER : In so far as there may be some prime ministerial responsibility.

    Rt Hon JOHN KEY : Yes, they will be called “Bing Bing”, “Xing Xing”, “Zhing Zhing”

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Jack Craw,

    ........................ redacted ......................

    Whangarei • Since Dec 2015 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    More than Twitterati, I feel "death of Twitter" based on the reporting of Twitter based stories this year, but that it is bit much a phrase rather than a word.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1443 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    Ombudsman?

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1443 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    I know we're not voting yet. But I'm with Jolissa: Quaxing. It's new. It's positive, and yet - how to put it - moral. It knows the difference between right and wrong. And in the best of Kiwi traditions, it's both pleasantly pejorative and satisfyingly sporty.

    It reminds us of our national sport in a parallel universe: farnarkling.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Refugee will almost certainly get my vote.

    I really wish the Nelson Street Cycle Path had a great name but to be fair it’s just an Auckland thing.

    Another Auckland thing was the Pohutukawa 6

    Because I’m a scientist I’d suggest Genome editing, but I suspect it’s probably a year or two early. If you don’t know anything about it I suggest you look it up. If I had to pick one technology that will shake the world up it will be that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    I'd love for CampbellLive to be WotY

    just because

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

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