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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2016

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  • mike gemmell,

    learnings: we took some learnings from the report but we don't really intend to address them.

    Since Aug 2012 • 9 posts Report

  • mike gemmell,

    2016: Seems to be that this is the first time a year has widely been accredited as being complicit in bad things that have happened, the death Bowie & Prince, Trumps election and my favourite teacup that broke to name a few.

    Since Aug 2012 • 9 posts Report

  • Shane Le Brun,

    Aleppo.............. :(

    Since Mar 2015 • 47 posts Report

  • Sacha,

    fascism, we has it

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

  • asnz,


    Upper Hutt, New Zealand • Since Jul 2011 • 8 posts Report

  • william blake,

    Shit gibbon

    Balloon suit

    Since Mar 2010 • 380 posts Report

  • JessicaRose,

    'Narrative', as in does this have one, and I don't want to be in it.

    I would also like to second Echo Chamber, Trumpocalypse, and Shit-Weasel.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2011 • 61 posts Report

  • Geoff Lealand,

    I am with Hebe: morte. It has been far too popular this year.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report

  • Sacha, in reply to william blake,


    the feckless one

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

  • Lynn Yum,

    Word salad

    Seemingly full sets of coherent words put together, but when picked apart, revealed only few meaning bits. Like a grilled chicken salad put together as a whole, but only the grilled chicken is meant to be eaten and the greens ignore.

    Wait, is that not how people generally consume grilled chicken salad???

    Seriously though, I want to point out that the leading article still made references to 2015, not 2016, like “How will 2015 shape up? Well, that’s up to you.”

    Auckland • Since Dec 2016 • 38 posts Report

  • JessicaRose,

    I want to suggest 'woke' but I'm still not sure I can easily explain what it means, even to myself. I have a feeling that is why it hasn't really caught on.

    'Housing crisis' as in we have one. Followed by 'bubble burst' as in when will it?

    Auckland • Since Sep 2011 • 61 posts Report

  • Judi Lapsley Miller,

    "Post-truth" for me too, though I must admit to enjoying using "bigly" on occasion

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 106 posts Report

  • Felix Geiringer,

    Closer to home, I think "Keyless" will come of age next year. For this year, perhaps the local word/phrase of the year is ​"housing crises".

    New Zealand • Since Aug 2014 • 35 posts Report

  • Vivid,


    Wairarapa • Since May 2015 • 43 posts Report

  • JessicaRose,

    ok one more, then I'll stop.

    'white man' Is this the year that we have spoken out loud about the white man in the room? as in 'all of the board directors are white men'.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2011 • 61 posts Report

  • Ian Pattison,

    Horrifying. This word was Hillary Clinton's response to Trump's equivocation on whether or not he would accept the election results. But it could equally apply to most things that have happened this year.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2014 • 24 posts Report

  • JLM,

    Trumped, because his election topped all the other disasters piling up over the year. What a year, a harbinger of things to come...

    Judy Martin's southern sl… • Since Apr 2007 • 241 posts Report

  • Felix Geiringer,

    My last contribution:

    On a different vein, how about "2016". I think this year has had such an impact it deserves consideration as word of itself.

    New Zealand • Since Aug 2014 • 35 posts Report

  • Carol Green,

    Yeah, I'm with Jessica. Woke. Or even Woke AF.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 53 posts Report

  • Katita,

    I like Brexiteer .... sounds rakeish, devil may care

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 67 posts Report

  • JessicaRose, in reply to Carol Green,

    I should have added the AF. AF could be in it's own class really though.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2011 • 61 posts Report

  • Astro Puss,


    Wellington • Since Nov 2015 • 5 posts Report

  • Shaun Lott,

    Post-truth explains both Trump and Brexit and has my vote. Formally known as shameless bullshit...

    Waitakere • Since Aug 2009 • 113 posts Report

  • JessicaRose,

    Mansplaining? Or was that more last year. Manterupting doesn't roll off the tongue so well and I think they are the same thing.

    I'm making a pattern with my suggestions, damn my echo chamber!

    Auckland • Since Sep 2011 • 61 posts Report

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Katita,

    wide boy flim

    ...sounds rakish, devil-may-care

    Like some sort of scarlet pimp 'n' all....
    ...sounds like Boris Johnson!

    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report

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