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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2016

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  • Trevor Nicholls, in reply to Lilith __,

    A big shout-out to Checkpoint

    Which reminds me that Mediaworks is probably candidate for Oxymoron of the year.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    China china china china…..China


    Trumpeted

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1587 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Lilith __,

    Marlborough EQ is better and Wellington is just across the strait so explains why so much damage here.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3187 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Except the 7.8 was in Canterbury! But many other big shakes near Seddon, etc. Which is why I think we need a collective name.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Lilith __,

    Wikipedia currently has it listed as the Kaikoura EQ which makes sense when we remember those who died.

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

  • Hebe, in reply to Lilith __,

    It’s the Waiau quake really because that is where it started, but the way it pinged across faults and involved 10 or more faults right up to Cook Strait poses a naming problem. The North-East South Island quake?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls, in reply to Lilith __,

    Which is why I think we need a collective name.

    The Quaikouras.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    Not bad, though brings to mind the mountain range rather than the town.

    Coastal Pacifuquakes, in honour of the railway line buried?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1870 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Hebe,

    WHOOPS when I said Ward I meant Waiau! Ward’s in Marlborough, lol.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Ewan Morris,

    Brexitrump - combines two of the major shocks of the year, and also useful to describe how one shock can top another ('X has brexitrumped Y').

    Bubble-bursting - there's been much talk this year of people living in (political/cultural) bubbles, and being forced by events to confront the views of those outside those bubbles.

    Since Nov 2006 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Ewan Morris,

    Bubble-bursting

    aka pop!ulism, of course.

    (It’s like ordinary populism, but more irreversibly destructive,
    and driven by some complete pricks.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1870 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Tait,

    Dunning Kruger effect.

    I feel it isn't well known, but seems to describe a lot of things this year.

    Since Mar 2016 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Jacquelyne Taylor,

    In NuZealundish plus three BUA* inspired ( Biggest Unwalled Asylum-isms) as follows..
    FACILITATION rather than corruption or bribe...
    as confirmed in this article if not admitted with the SaudiSheikDownDeal http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/zxxx_662805/t1407322.shtml

    UNDER REVIEW = buck being passed or issue delegated.
    OIA'd = Overtly Ignored Acshully for as long as can be..
    FIGHT CLUB- involuntary exersize/sport in place of prison rehab/recreation

    Housing Homeless Health Education Child Poverty/Abuse
    CHALLENGES yet still not CRISES, unless it's happening to you and yours?
    SERCO-NNED kicked in the partially PrIvates sector?
    TPP a(h) oh dear
    may have to settle for RCEP now but with Taiwan not China.
    *TRUMPUTINED BIGLY - self explanatory
    SURPLUS substitute for social housing and all connected welfare services
    VULNERABLE rather than CYF'D
    *DEAD or MAIMED = contained or detained by U.S Law Forcement keeping patriots safe according to their colour, ethnicity state of,mental (in) capacity making the militarily trained, fear for their safety??
    Especially if at particular actions or protector events like #Everything matters #NODARPL or similar!

    Vocabaret.. Love playing with words and meanings especially when can't sleep..

    Auckland • Since May 2013 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • JLM,

    400. The worst event of the year really.

    Judy Martin's southern sl… • Since Apr 2007 • 239 posts Report Reply

  • Ethan Tucker,

    Bound to have been mentioned already, but I vote 'fleg'. Seems like so long ago now...

    Wellington • Since Apr 2008 • 118 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Lilith __,

    we need a collective name.

    One seismic fits all!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7866 posts Report Reply

  • Soon Lee,

    In Memoriam

    Auckland • Since Apr 2013 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Lilith __,

    Earthquakes start somewhere and then trigger faults in other directions. So while the first earthquake was in north Canterbury the energy release quickly travelled north as this youtube simulation shows.

    GNS generally refers to the Kaikoura quakes.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3187 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    “confirmation bias”

    It’s a good one Bart. I’ve not noticed 4714 to be much crazier than any other year, The UK’s on again off again relationship with a Europe they could never totally commit to in the first place is off again, more fake news and lies, and the USA elected another racist, misogynist whack job for president following a campaign that was more or less a localisation ripped straight out of the populist playbook of the ex-PM we had for the past 8 years. Meanwhile the far more considerate pastime of tapping plastic seems to have displaced shouting at TV screens, and those in the throws of that might feel justified in feeling that the distance between our two great nations feels closer than it ever has been.

    Outside the largely monolingual English speaking world things have been business as usual, except within the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs where the mandarins who seem to have lucked upon a new toy to distract them from their endless whoring. In the meantime the readership -still in complete denial that our civilization jumped the shark a decade or so back – and so hypnotised by this double China vision: pretending to be one: pretending to be two – remains so engrossed in speculation as to who loves who the most that they – once again – neglect to ask their own leaders to “show me the money”. Perhaps 4715 might be more interesting…

    at one point during his presidency, Johnson met with a reporter who repeatedly asked him why American troops were in Vietnam. Frustrated, Johnson unzipped his pants, pulled out his “substantial organ” and shouted “This is why!” The craziest part of this story, which itself is nothing but pure, poop-eating crazy, is that it worked. That answer satisfied the reporter, like “Oh, yeah, when you put it that way, sure. Of course we’re in Vietnam – look at that dick. We should be in all countries. I’d be starting a war on space if I had a dick like yours. Come on, now."

    bring on the year of the cock.

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

  • BenWilson,

    Disengagement

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10629 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    GNS generally refers to the Kaikoura quakes.

    That is my sense of it as well, though we could call it 2016p858000, which is its GNS catalog ID

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1443 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Ethan Tucker,

    Flag and variants thereof featured in last year’s list, and (as subsequent results confirmed) we were pretty much over it even then.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1870 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to mark taslov,

    I’ve not noticed 4714 to be much crazier than any other year,

    Just the usual Monkey business...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7866 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    #BlackLivesMatter

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to Amy Tait,

    Dunning-Kruger effect. I feel it isn’t well known

    Pfft, surely we’re all experts in it by now :?)
    [In all seriousness, Kruger & Dunning 1999 is one of the most-cited papers in psychology.]

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1870 posts Report Reply

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