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Hard News: The Public Address Word of the Year 2011

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  • Judi Lapsley Miller,

    Kia kaha

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 106 posts Report Reply

  • Rachel Prosser,

    It's got to be Munted. Nothing else has taken over vocabulary and become mainstream in quite the same way.

    Funnily enough I feel almost hurt that any more trivial word could take precedence given what the phrase "it's munted" represents to me.

    Most of the time I think the earthquakes haven't affected me too badly - I'm resilient, a happy earthquakes story. But then sometimes something triggers an emotional windshift and I realise that it has affected me deeper than I'm normally aware.

    So I'm instantly outraged that trivial things could displace Munted, that the earthquake is yesterday's news, even if I forget about it 90% of the time myself.

    Out of proportion I know - but such is grief.

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 225 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Rachel Prosser,

    It’s got to be Munted. Nothing else has taken over vocabulary and become mainstream in quite the same way.

    Reckon you're right. Just as Munted appeared to be munted, the quakes brought it back.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4523 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Breaking news

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4364 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    And while I agree it should stand alone, for me this year has been punctuated by breaking news. Some sad beyond belief, some outrageous and some that has changed the shape of the world.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4364 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    "I think they are the things that are important to New Zilinders."

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1582 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers, in reply to Rachel Prosser,

    It's got to be Munted. Nothing else has taken over vocabulary and become mainstream in quite the same way.

    Yeah. When my 69-year-old father used it down the phone to me from Christchurch earlier this year, you could've knocked me down with a feather. I asked him how things were in Christchurch: he said simply, "it's munted." Words both failed and achieved spectacularly in that one moment.

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • Biobbs, in reply to Isabel Hitchings,

    Portaloo - can be sung to the tune of ABBAs Waterloo

    My my
    The portaloo is too far from my driveway
    Oh yeah
    And I have needed it all hours of the day
    The vindaloo I made myself
    Is always repeating itself
    Portaloo – sewers all munted, that’s what you’re for
    Portaloo – CERA says you’ll be there evermore
    Portaloo - 4am rush when I needed you
    Portaloo – Gotta get rid of this number two
    Woh woh, woh woh, Portaloo - finally reaching my Portaloo

    My my
    I tried to hold it back, but it was stronger
    Oh yeah
    And now it seems it represents my plight
    I see Brownlee’s face on the news
    He says I win when I lose
    Portaloo – in the white zone, who knows what for?
    Portaloo – insurance scum won’t pay me no more
    Portaloo - thinking of you when I take a dump
    Portaloo –no confidence motion, a property slump
    Woh woh, woh woh, Portaloo – making good use of my Portaloo

    #ecnz sends me news
    I feel like I’m always confused
    Portaloo – cross-legged race, run down the road
    Portaloo – drank too much beer, I got on a load
    Portaloo - neighbours are queuing outside the door
    Portaloo – shakin’ and quakin’, I’m on the floor
    Woh woh, woh woh, Portaloo – making the most of my Portaloo

    The River Mouth, Denmark • Since Jan 2011 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • Gee,

    backing '#eqnz' and 'munted', with runners-up 'red-stickered' and 'nekminnit'

    Canada, eh • Since May 2011 • 78 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    I would go for munted, absolutely. And in Mangere, it has to be said that "nekminnit" is a very strong contender.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    sixpointthree

    or

    6.3

    Wrecked 'er scale.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1582 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Wonder if any Cantabrians have more recently used nekminnit about the quakes (though munted undoubtedly has a stronger claim there)?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Biobbs,

    Fucking Awesome!!!

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2810 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Sacha,

    (by 'there' I meant in that context, not that place)
    nurse, caffeine

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Gee,

    backing ‘#eqnz’ and ‘munted’, with runners-up ‘red-stickered’ and ‘nekminnit’

    Even though #eqnz was born in 2010, it had a much bigger role in 2011.

    It's not just a hashtag, it's a genuine piece of folksonomy: it was created in the wild and it became official simply because people used it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I was impressed by how fast #eqjp appeared when Japan had their big quake. Did New Zealanders create/popularise that tag as well?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19413 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Sacha,

    I was impressed by how fast #eqjp appeared when Japan had their big quake. Did New Zealanders create/popularise that tag as well?

    At a guess, yes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22227 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Lipscombe,

    I'm for munted and nek minnit. Trotie was also an enjoyable moment.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2011 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Brickface - I really enjoyed that Christchurch innovation.

    Also LOL seems to have become a mainstream word this year.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3107 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Some great words for Christchurch's word of the year, but so much else happened this year. #eqjp. Arab spring. NoTW imploding and dragging the Murdochs with it. The debt crisis in Europe. It has been a big year.

    Chch had a huge impact for us all, but it's part of a whole year for me and I'd love to see a word that captured it all.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4364 posts Report Reply

  • Scott A,

    Munted would get my vote, too. Mandate a close second too.

    But some other topical options for the year could include:

    Radler
    Skynet
    Groin

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 132 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Biobbs,

    the spotlight kid...

    Portaloo – can be sung to the tune of ABBA's Waterloo

    that's super, trouper!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7480 posts Report Reply

  • JLM,

    Just at the moment my WOTY is Mojo!

    Judy Martin's southern sl… • Since Apr 2007 • 237 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Relaxed. As in the whole world having a hissy fit and our Govt is " Relaxed" about everything.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • hamishm,

    Given:The people of Epsom ignoring Teapot Drone and doing what they always do, and
    Given:The presence or absence of Phil Goff seeming to have no bearing on the poll numbers for Labour, and
    Given: The statement by John Key that he would not work with Winston Peters having no effect on the backwash of NZF into parliament, and
    Given: The low election turnout.
    This year's word should be Elecshun

    Since Nov 2006 • 357 posts Report Reply

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