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Hard News: The Public Address Word of the Year 2013

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  • Paul Williams,

    See this is where my long-term absence from Aotearoa is a distinct disadvantage 'cause I'd've said misogyny

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    gigatown - despite this being something that happens all around the world, i'd never heard of it before so if the hashtags are enough to go by

    oh and
    Hashtag

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

  • JR,

    Though I'd probably vote for metadata, I'll submit LOVEINT as it's creepier cousin.

    Since Jan 2007 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Pope Francis.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2896 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to linger,

    if any humour were intended,
    it’d be a complete farce, but as it is
    it’s just half-farced.

    Applause!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7902 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I’m rather fond of “selfie” because it is never, ever going to stop making me giggle like a dirty-minded infant.

    The Beeb agrees.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Has ‘meme’ been in the word of the year before? Seems like it should have been.

    Just noticed it on an overseas list. (not cheating, honest) :-)

    Also.

    Arab Spring
    Shutdown

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Sam M,

    Rape Culture

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • kiwifarang,

    My top 5...
    Five Eyes
    Secrets
    Privacy
    Drones
    Bitcoin

    Christchurch • Since Aug 2007 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Hamish,

    "Actually".

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Hamish,

    Arg, I see I've been beaten. But "actually" still actually has my vote. It actually conveys the current governments condescending response to actual concerns. Whenever JK says Actually you can pretty much guarantee that the next few words will be divorced from reality and common-sense.

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • annamarama,

    Maybe not WOTY, but I think Winston Peters needs a small shout-out for continuing to use the verb “Cinderella-ise” after he muffed that attempt to say it on election night in 2011 so spectacularly.

    Kingsland • Since Apr 2010 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Brown,

    "Selectors". As in Five Eyes evil.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2013 • 137 posts Report Reply

  • Alec Morgan,

    “so”
    As in beginning every sentence imaginable with, particularly used by academics, ‘go to’ people and other media fronters.

    Tokerau Beach • Since Nov 2006 • 122 posts Report Reply

  • Ben McNicoll,

    +1 for Bitcoin

    Grey Lynn • Since May 2007 • 115 posts Report Reply

  • Cliff Laird,

    part-privatisation
    mum and dad (investors)
    loonies

    Wellington • Since Nov 2013 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Orwellian

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

  • Dave Geary,

    crowd funding

    Since Dec 2013 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Eye spy.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Will de Cleene,

    I've already gone on record with Panopticmonium.

    Raumati • Since Jul 2011 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • Amanda Wreckonwith,

    'Yeh-oh', with a half hearted glottal stop at the hyphen.

    - an alternative to 'acshuly' or 'so...' when beginning a sentence that you know is possibly meaningless/untrue.

    Popularised by J. Key and D. Farrar

    Since Sep 2012 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • Samuel Scott,

    Wegege

    Mansplain (I dislike this word immensely, oops I'm mansplaining again!)

    Fibre

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Roger Lacey,

    The mythical creature the mumandadinvestor. They were supposed to be the primary reason for the sale of our state assets but none have ever been seen or heard.

    Whatakataka Bay Surf Club… • Since Apr 2008 • 148 posts Report Reply

  • suzy internetuser,

    Cronut!

    Blechhh. I mean.. yum?

    Auckland • Since Dec 2013 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Samuel Scott,

    Chipotle

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

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