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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2015

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  • JacksonP, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Very wise this time of year…
    ;- )

    I was going for silent AND invisible.

    There, I fixed it for you. :-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Associated with the 'twitterati' (a term I loathe, incidentally);

    Pile-on

    The righteous indignation has become legion.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to JacksonP,

    I’d vote for CambellLive

    +1

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1346 posts Report Reply

  • Moata T,

    Reboot
    Everything from Star Wars to the X-Files and Twin Peaks this year. And Judith Collins for that matter...

    Human Rights
    Not catchy, but a lot of what's dominated the news this year has been related to this, unfortunately

    Richie
    So. Much. Richie.
    Too. Much. Richie.

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2011 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Mansplain

    What does that mean?

    Here you go.

    Joe, he was being facetious.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 759 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    Richie - good call by whoever said it first above.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 759 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    Radicalised

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Joe, he was being facetious.

    Me too.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4590 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Joe, he was being facetious.

    Me too.

    We need one of the ladies here to explain humour

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4432 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac,

    I thought it was funny, but a little too succinct and on point to be a representative exemplar of the breed. :-)

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • richard maclean,

    Bullshite words of the year:
    Soda
    Beverage
    gotten
    'experience' - as in 'we offer a unique coffee experience'

    wellington • Since Nov 2008 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • TracyMac, in reply to Moata T,

    Reboot

    +1 - a concept I am heartily sick of, and it's starting to make me twitch at work (I'm in IT).

    Also, rightsize is making me twitch too. Work has been talking outsourcing already, and now the Aussie govt have come right out and said that's their preferred IT "strategy".

    (I work for a quasi-govt body - anyone know of Windows admin jobs going in Canberra that don't require security clearances?)

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 701 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    The twitterati are subtweeting mansplanations as we write. Consider this a subsubtweet. Woof!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10596 posts Report Reply

  • wimwam,

    Weldoned (verb)

    "Wow, did you hear about 3D Investigates? They got completely Weldoned."

    Since Dec 2015 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F, in reply to Cecelia,

    Radicalised

    My top pick is still "twitterati", but that's a solid second choice.

    Closely followed by hosking.

    To be honest, I'm not quite convinced by "hosking" as a bike-related verb (veloneologism?).

    I'd like to propose two different usages:

    1. Antonym of fisking ie. completely uncritical parroting of received opinion, especially opinions of the powerful. "We need serious analysis but [news commentator] has just been hosking the official line all week"
    2. An unpleasant self-indulgence far better done in private than public. "[News commentator] is entitled to his opinions but I wish he'd have a quick hosk at home instead of in front of the nation in primetime".

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    I want a word that means why do we have to keep fighting for the same things over and over again. Latest issue. Radio NZ cutting staff including one of my favourite programmes, the gentle and intelligent, Nights. We had a big public meeting to save RNZ a few years ago and here we have to do it again and again. (I don't want to think that they are cutting resources in Wellington to pay for the flash reinvention of Checkpoint in Auckland which would make CampbellLive a little ironic.)

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3181 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Sam F,

    So the second definition allows variants like "Hosked all over their faces" and "What a Hosk-off", and "Hoskpot"? Presumably a panel of people doing it are "Circle Hosking", and statistics like "99.999% of people admit to hosking occasionally. The left over is Hosking".

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10596 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    Guts and Gutless

    In their way loosely related to my pick for quote of the year:

    taking care of yourself, physically and emotionally, is seen as girly. Unmasculine. It’s the patriarchy, dude. Men would live longer if they softened the fuck up.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F, in reply to BenWilson,

    Presumably a panel of people doing it are "Circle Hosking"

    I find it hard to reconcile hosking with anything that more than one person is enjoying at a time, but sure, whatever your psyche and stomach can handle.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    To be tediously pedantic here, it is “Word of the year”, not “New word”. So “Flag” has to make the short list, for sheer prominence and repetition.

    This much media coverage and general noise hasn’t been generated and wasted since … well, the last reality show on TV.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1282 posts Report Reply

  • Morgan Nichol,

    Mansplain. Which is a word I loathe, but other words of the year seem to fade away pretty quickly so maybe this is the way to kill it.

    Auckland CBD • Since Nov 2006 • 313 posts Report Reply

  • mike gemmell,

    I think Quaxing. I'm going to jump on my velocipede and quax me some comestibles. Honorable mention to pfffft akshully and redpeak. In sci tech circles crispr is bound to be word of the year.

    Since Aug 2012 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • Morgan Nichol,

    No I didn't read all 5 pages of comments before adding that, yes I do now see it's already been suggested. Argh I hate it so much but I had to make sure.

    Auckland CBD • Since Nov 2006 • 313 posts Report Reply

  • Morgan Nichol,

    "Get in the sea." I don't really know where it came from or why but every time I see it I love it.

    Auckland CBD • Since Nov 2006 • 313 posts Report Reply

  • Jane Stafford,

    My word is clusterflag

    Auckland • Since Dec 2015 • 1 posts Report Reply

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