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Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: The Vote

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  • Andre,

    Who wins if (or should I say when) #dirtypolitics is the winner? Is it Giovanni for mentioning the term first (out of the many PA'ers who posted it) or Sacha for knocking a hashtag on the front and making it one word? That is the question...

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Hmmm... how to vote?

    Theres about five I want to nominate for second or third, and none that are clearly #1 ahead of the others...

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 889 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    So many repeat contenders, but it's really got to be a new word or concept for 2014. Amirite?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Andre,

    I’d say Gio got there first. And there's always the random draw even if another word doesn't take it out. :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Sacha,

    I'd say Gio got there first.

    Yeah, that's my take. It didn't really make sense to have multiple versions of the phrase, to I sett;ed on the hashtag one.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Dylan Reeve,

    Whaledump for lyfe!

    Auckland • Since Aug 2008 • 311 posts Report Reply

  • Alec Morgan,

    good list from popular usage, half of it could combine into a stream of consciousness mumble by dear leader in any interview.

    And just to plug my also ran “FJK!”, this will feature via fabric paints on new T-shirts on the inevitable ‘rainy day at the bach’ in Jan.

    Tokerau Beach • Since Nov 2006 • 123 posts Report Reply

  • Raymond A Francis,

    Intriguing that the list has a strong anti-right bias
    Where is # votepositive or "only 25%" or any of the failures of the year

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 577 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    Did you nominate them, Raymond?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1329 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    Got to be Whaledump: it's so 2014-specific.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • B Jones, in reply to Hebe,

    it's really got to be a new word or concept for 2014.

    I think it just has to be a big word or concept for 2014. Ebola's a good example - it's been around in the 70s but took off, I hate to say virally, following the outbreak this year in West Africa. What makes it a WOTY contender for me is that it's moved out of its original meaning and drifted into metaphor - there were a handful of examples of media commentators using it to mean something big and nasty, eg "it's the Ebola of politics".

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 976 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to simon g,

    Did you nominate them, Raymond?

    Well, yeah. I can only include the words that people nominated in the discussion phase.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to B Jones,

    I think it just has to be a big word or concept for 2014. Ebola’s a good example – it’s been around in the 70s but took off, I hate to say virally, following the outbreak this year in West Africa. What makes it a WOTY contender for me is that it’s moved out of its original meaning and drifted into metaphor – there were a handful of examples of media commentators using it to mean something big and nasty, eg “it’s the Ebola of politics”.

    My problem with Ebola is that it has killed only a few thousand this year. By contrast AIDS is killing 10s of thousands a year and nobody quite knows how many ISIS/ISIL has killed. For me there is a huge disconnect between the fear uncertainty and doubt spread around ebola and the actual damage it is doing.

    But I guess that is sometimes the thing about words - sometimes they gather more momentum than you might expect.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4458 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to B Jones,

    I think it just has to be a big word or concept for 2014. Ebola’s a good example – it’s been around in the 70s but took off

    Ebola hasn't touched New Zealanders in an immediate sense: it's still a story about "overseas" on the foreign segment of the news. Horror reactions for sure, especially in certain sectors, but not much more than horror, sympathy and move on for most.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    My problem with Ebola is that it has killed only a few thousand this year. By contrast

    By contrast.... many diseases, including 'flu. This ebola outbreak reminds me a lot of SARS - except that ebola isn't actually new and it is a lot more deadly than SARS. But still, the same panic, not because of the actual risk, but because it's so new and unknown. But in this case, "new" and "unknown" in that all previous outbreaks have been small and remote.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Cubey,

    I think it's a shame "rectal rehydration" arrived too late on the scene.

    Wellington • Since May 2008 • 66 posts Report Reply

  • Alistair McBride,

    I was looking for "proactive relationship" – should've nominated it… I know. But surely it would be there amidst some of the nominations. I'm curious too as to what the opposite would be – inactive relationship? no relationship?

    Hamilton • Since Dec 2006 • 21 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    I will cry a little if #dirtypolitics is the winner, it and whaledump probably should be equal first. But i'm going to celebrate the joy and creativity in this country instead of evil and the dark side. SWEARWOLVES for EVER!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Hebe,

    Got to be Whaledump

    I was sorely tempted, but I think Slater would see it as a personal victory. Although I guess he would also see #dirtypolitics as a personal victory.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    I must admit, that thought did put me off voting for Whaledump.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Alistair McBride,

    GoProactive

    I’m curious too as to what the opposite would be...

    of that provocative relationship...
    - inert share?
    - staticstasy?
    - passive civility?
    - conjuggle rites?

    Liturgid love...
    "he may be in the same songbook,
    but he's just not into hymns..."

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    The inclusion of twerking on the list shows someone is still partying like it's 2013. And their soundtrack is Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz" album.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Felix Geiringer, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I reckon they should share.
    I'm annoyed I was beaten to refute.
    Anyway, I've now voted. Once for each of my email addresses. That's allowed, yeah? :-)

    New Zealand • Since Aug 2014 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    the ultimate victory. imagine the juvenile gloating

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Sacha,

    Boring: I'd have to mute them both for a month.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

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