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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2016

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  • Helga,

    Truthiness is my favourite, though the much-suggested post-truth has greater currency. Something with truthiness sounds juicy and appealing and I notice that the spell-check on here knows it!

    New Zealand • Since May 2012 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Rebecca Gray,

    Could the word just be "2016"?
    Usually the year's number is not spoken about as though it means much but this time it's taken on its own implications.

    - Oh no, my favourite musician died!
    - I know, 2016 right?
    - Did you hear this other guy cancelled his tour? I wonder...
    - SHHH don't say anything! 2016!

    - I can't believe this just happened...
    - All your predictions are wrong. 2016 strikes again.

    - Could things get any weirder?
    - We've still got more of 2016 left, so...

    - What the hell is going on in the world??
    - 2016!!

    (edit - I note someone already suggested this further up)

    Wellington • Since May 2016 • 23 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Probably “yuge” should be thrown somewhere in the mix, or under a passing bus

    I'm surprised you seem to be the first to go there.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22724 posts Report Reply

  • Jenny Kay,

    Poverty. And Disaster. And disaster of consequences of poverty for too many round the world.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2016 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Jenny Kay, in reply to Katita,

    Gas lighting is valid concern. The term has a long history in some circles especially for how narcissists control women at home or at work

    Wellington • Since Dec 2016 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I don't normally nominate the words, but I fear we're in danger of overlooking the contributions of our Scots brethren.

    Cocksplat, fucktrumpet and and numpty.

    Actually, Cocksplat, Fucktrumpet and Numpty, which sounds more like a law firm.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22724 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Please not alt-right.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3188 posts Report Reply

  • Jenny Kay, in reply to Grant Shimmin,

    Bigly also sounds like a Homer Simpson phrase. Other than money and power is there much difference between Homer Simpson and Trump?

    Wellington • Since Dec 2016 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jenny Kay,

    Gas lighting is valid concern. The term has a long history in some circles especially for how narcissists control women at home or at work

    The Teen Vogue article is an interesting and valid use of the term, I think. It applies equally to what we know of Russia's disinformation strategy, which aims in part to make people think there is no objective truth, everything is questionable, nothing makes sense.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22724 posts Report Reply

  • Jenny Kay,

    Stand as in Stand with. #StandwithStandingRock

    Wellington • Since Dec 2016 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Also: seclusion room.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22724 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Green, in reply to JessicaRose,

    Cockwomble

    This is a woty not a reply

    Auckland • Since Jul 2008 • 53 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Wealth tax
    Uber
    Vote Chloe
    MSM
    Socialist
    Euthanasia checkpoint
    Swimmigration - when you are swimming in new migrants
    Homelessness
    Housing Crisis

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 350 posts Report Reply

  • Rowan Crawford, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I don’t normally nominate the words, but I fear we’re in danger of overlooking the contributions of our Scots brethren.

    Ah! Weapons-grade plum! https://twitter.com/sueperkins/status/746281298285715456?lang=en

    Auckland • Since Oct 2008 • 27 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green,

    So, it must be so.

    This is a difficult word to use correctly , as its full meaning is : -
    " . . . .because there is no disagreement with all that I have , as yet, refrained from iterating , it therefore follows that . . . "

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • Cecelia,

    Spox

    Deplorable

    Hibiscus Coast • Since Apr 2008 • 559 posts Report Reply

  • Venetia King,

    I'm surprised I haven't seen 'journalism' mentioned. Feels like I've heard that word far more often than in previous years.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Scott Ferguson,

    Trumpenfuhrer

    New Zealand • Since Dec 2014 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    ’Great!’
    …as in Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’
    and infinite variations on his standard wheedle:
    “I have a great company, great company, we do great things, many, many great things, we’re gonna make jobs, great jobs, many, many great jobs…”

    ‘Great’ also manifests as ‘Tremendous’ and ‘Best’…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7869 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

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    I nominate ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ because WTF 2016

    for that matter, WTF

    I see that both Shrug and Face Palm were approved as emoticons in unicode 9.0 in 2016

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1443 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    Look, the word of the year is what politicians and TV reporters are always telling us to do, because, look, if you don't look, you can't see, because look, do you see?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1313 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Actually, Cocksplat, Fucktrumpet and Numpty, which sounds more like a law firm.

    This must happen.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • JessicaRose, in reply to Jenny Kay,

    I just read a cosmo for the first time in about 20 years. It was, I hate to say it, quite good. Fantastic article on emotional abuse in relationships, and associated definition of gas lighting. So that's twice I've heard that this year.

    But as a result I'm going to formally submit AF, and give co-credit to Carol.
    Turns out AF is definitely word of the year in the gossip mags.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • JessicaRose, in reply to nzlemming,

    I know now, if I open a law firm, what to name it.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Moata T,

    I know it was all the way at the beginning of the year but Dildo Baggins still *ahem* fills me with delight. Failing that just "dildo". So many politicians it can be applied to....

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2011 • 10 posts Report Reply

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