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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2015

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  • Downbeatdan,

    'Detainee', their problem, our problem.... close to home.

    Hamilton • Since Jul 2007 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    Mansplain

    What does that mean?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • Chrys Berryman,

    "slaughter"………100 years ago,4 weeks ago,one week ago……..stupid misguided young men looking for adventure/glory,what a waste.

    Pt Chevalier • Since Sep 2014 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Brett,

    "Daesh" because they hate it.

    Henderson • Since Mar 2015 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Bennett,

    'Beltway' - no idea what it means in NZ, but hearing it used quite a lot by politicians and journalists.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 172 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Simon Bennett,

    It’s cool because it’s autological.

    ETA: Aside: Bend your mind trying to decide if "autological" is autological. Then bend it some more trying to decide if its opposite "Heterological" is heterological.

    Second: On this blog there is a quaxer who quaxes for all those who don't quax for themselves. Brown's Paradox: Who quaxes for that quaxer?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    "Christmas Island" because the cheerful name is part of the awfulness of an offshore prison camp for people who have the temerity to seek refuge..

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Sacha,

    hey it has even gone international, though the dolt who inspired it remains far too close to Auckland for anyone’s good.

    I know its origins and meaning, but not many in Christchurch apart from PASers and Twitterati would know. Maybe we need regional WOTYs.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to BenWilson,

    Mansplain

    What does that mean?

    Here you go.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4592 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    LOL, what’s the word for autological, except it’s a whole book?

    ETA: I was only hoping to get a whole blog post out of that one.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Hebe,

    Maybe we need regional WOTYs.

    But surely Dick Quax jokes are universal?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood, in reply to Hebe,

    My mum, in Dunedin with an interest in public transport, makes a point of using the term quaxing as much as possible, and she has no connection to PAS or Twitter.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to BenWilson,

    Who quaxes for that quaxer?

    if a tree falls in a forest (served only by roads)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19705 posts Report Reply

  • Tamara,

    My pick is disrupt and all its variants. Couldn't get away from it this year!

    New Zealand • Since Oct 2010 • 115 posts Report Reply

  • Swan,

    Dead cat?

    Birkenhead • Since Feb 2011 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to David Hood,

    Really? ODT reporting?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Simon Bennett,

    ‘Beltway’ – no idea what it means in NZ, but hearing it used quite a lot by politicians and journalists.

    Those little loops at the top of your jeans.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Thea Myers,

    Have we done "disrupt" yet?

    Auckland • Since Dec 2015 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    I think I’m going to have to go for twitterati too. Illusory and meaningless yet it was everywhere you looked in NZ in 2015, either being name-checked by the clueless or chucked around like a hand-grenade online, or both at the same time.

    2015’s quintessential word for name-calling and pointless squabbling while important issues are left wanting: let’s tie this one around the neck of the year almost gone and deep-six them both.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Really? No love for CampbellLive?

    Given huge support here and throughout NZ I thought it was a good suggestion

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4458 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler, in reply to Brett,

    “Daesh” because they hate it.

    Evidence?

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3205 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to JacksonP,

    Really? No love for CampbellLive?

    I’d vote for CamPbellLive.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2450 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to JacksonP,

    I’d vote for CambellLive.

    Wassup? Staying off the 'p'?
    Very wise this time of year...
    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7939 posts Report Reply

  • Vivid,

    "check your privilege"

    Wairarapa • Since May 2015 • 43 posts Report Reply

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