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Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2016

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  • JacksonP, in reply to Russell Brown,

    RIP

    Hmmm. That could work.

    Maybe 'ashtag it? #RIP

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Gray,

    Surely "tremendous", because everything surely has been.

    Or "Putinism", coined I believe by TIME magazine.

    Any correlation between these two words may or may not be coincidental.

    Tokyo • Since Dec 2016 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Ackroyd,

    trump

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • Sam Smith,

    Lit

    Auckland • Since Oct 2014 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    KEGACY
    I just made that up so it has no legs. But you’d have to be drunk and wearing your best beer goggles to see any legacy this very junior partner in Cocksplat, Fucktrumpet and Numpty who claims he was a Prime Minister at some stage in his career and left something behind, even he isnt sure what.
    SHIT WEASEL WHITE AF lives in an echo chamber where Lying is a planet in ultra fast orbit and Truth is well and truly asleep or in the restroom with constipation.
    And what do opinion writers at the Herald do? Well besides well practiced kiss up kick down knee jerk writing and sycophantic nonsense riddled with confirmation bias. They puff themselves up a disapproving wind, on a smile of the Labour party leader and display wide eyed wonder at the Dipton Dribbler who done good.
    A person of so limited a vocabulary that he drops the register of his voice an octave or two to make his vocal dribbling take on an air of authority.
    So as perchance…one last insult… to us… 2016 bequeaths us…him and his recycled(if only we could) cohort of Joycean squislings.
    Its not the left that has lost its way, its humanity.
    now wheres my dong..SHITGIBBONS the lot of ’em.

    2016 WAS SUCH AN ANGRY YEAR.
    And it aint gunna get better soon.
    Think I’ll be a hippie from now on.
    Who needs a house? not me I’m free as a mole, burrowing down
    I’ll reach those miners myself.
    #RIP ANGER

    theres a woty in there somewhere

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1878 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Coleman,

    I think this will be bigger next year

    https://twitter.com/HeerJeet/status/805986971675828224

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 247 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    Benghazemail
    Trumpenfuhrer
    Putinyhands
    Cuck
    Hamilton

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

  • Russell C,

    HeraBird

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 34 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yes seclusion rooms have popped up all over NZ - who knew?

    I also hate 'social investment' and fear we will hear more next year of the new PM's pet policy to privatise or delegate social services and share personal details of clients with whatever government agency or politician wants them.

    A group of us have spent this year trying to get publicity and justice for Ashley Peacock but he continues to spend his days locked up on a Porirua hillside.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3189 posts Report Reply

  • Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara,

    Fuck 2016

    Since Nov 2015 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB, in reply to andin,

    very junior partner in Cocksplat, Fucktrumpet and Numpty who claims he was a Prime Minister at some stage in his career

    That is very probably who he worked for, but I believe you have the exact job-title a little over-accounted for in the syllable stakes? (but then, over accounting is probably part of the job description?)

    I still cant figure out if he was "Pri-Minster" or "Pry-Mincer" ?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 887 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    UBI

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3189 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to JessicaRose,

    AF is definitely word of the year in the gossip mags

    I’m at a loss here. When I see "AF" it’s a button on an OHC, and stands for "auto-focus" … so is that like a selfie?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1881 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Fuckface von Clownstick

    Fascism

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    #NoDAPL

    One of 2016's very few victory cries.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Also, as much as I hate the concept itself... I'm thinking my vote is for "post-truth" as the winner so far? Or maybe "fake-news"?

    Brexit?- post-truth.
    Trump?- post-truth.
    "Make America Great Again"- post-truth
    "I never said that" (despite unedited video/audio recordings of same)- post-truth.

    Also, some of the other quite good suggestions... (truthiness, click-bait, learnings) are good words to make fun of and try to expunge their applicability, and therefore usage from the lexicon... but they are older than 2016 I think?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 887 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Slightly OT, but do we have a name for the sequence of disasters of November 14th? I’ve heard the M7.8 described as the Hanmer EQ, Cheviot EQ, Culverden EQ, Kaikoura EQ, also that the epicentre was closest to Ward…

    I believe Hastings has lingering resentment that the 1931 Hawkes Bay EQ is known as the Napier EQ, although it was closer to Hastings, and the damage was worse there.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Algorithm

    Our new ruler which cares not about truthiness, only clickability and sharability.
    Related: meme. It doesn't have to make sense, only get a response.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • william blake, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    Hamilton?

    But only as a verb, surely.

    Since Mar 2010 • 377 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Lilith __,

    I believe Hastings has lingering resentment that the 1931 Hawkes Bay EQ is known as the Napier EQ, although it was closer to Hastings, and the damage was worse there.

    truthiness…get a response.

    I See what you did there ;)

    Hastings was avenged when the Napier hospital came down.

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

  • Ewan Morris,

    Trumpelstiltskin

    Since Nov 2006 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls, in reply to william blake,

    Hamilton?

    But only as a verb, surely.

    Hamilton (the man) underpins the push for the electoral college to disavow Trump. Plus the musical about him which delivered a public rebuke cast as an appeal to the NoTrump.

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

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    Pepe
    alt-Nazi

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

  • Ewan Morris,

    Populism.

    Not very catchy, I know, but it encapsulates a lot about what's been happening politically this year.

    Since Nov 2006 • 46 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    A big shout-out to Checkpoint, for being there to fact-check and hold the powerful to account. A bright light in this dark year.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

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