‘Munted’ beats ‘nek minnit’ for word of the year
Mon, 19 Dec 2011 9:40a.m.
By 3 News online staff
A word that came to prominence in the wake of the February quake – "munted" – has been voted Word of the Year by readers of the popular blog website Public Address.
It fought off competition from "ghost chips", "Occupy" and the ubiquitous "nek minnit", as well as several other quake-related terms like "#eqnz", "liquefaction" and "red-stickered".
"The word 'munted' isn’t new," says Public Address founder and Hard News blogger Russell Brown, "But it felt like this was the year it found its destiny.
"'Munted', in spirit and in sound, was the natural word for what happened to parts of Christchurch in the February earthquake. And when Mayor Bob Parker told journalists, 'Our main sewer trunk is seriously munted. I believe that is the technical term,' that destiny was settled."
Mr Brown says the race was close, with "munted" only beating "nek minnit" by a few votes of the hundreds cast.
The appearance on the list of "ghost chips" would please the NZTA, says Mr Brown.
"Any public service campaign aims to get that degree of currency – and our readers aren’t even in the ad’s target demographic."
The list was meant to be embargoed until today, but it appears Mr Brown posted it on the Public Address website last night, prompting one reader to say the embargo was "munted".
Here's the full top 10:
2. nek minnit
3. ghost chips
4. = #eqnz
7. Arab Spring
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19/12/2011 3:50:48 p.m.
@ ALEX - Or when you've had a few too many hahaha
19/12/2011 11:30:55 a.m.
The first humans communicated with grunts and clicks, the English language finally reached it's intellectual peak with the formation of modern English in the 16th century.
Reading the above 'top ten', it is certainty clear that we will once again, in a few short years, only able to communicate with muted grunts, bless evolution.
19/12/2011 11:07:59 a.m.
Finally !!! - one of these selection processes gets it right.
19/12/2011 10:20:34 a.m.
We've been using the word 'munted' for years. It's definitely not a new word surfaced since the earthquake. It means damaged or destroyed - a common word you used to describe your old Ford Cortina's
19/12/2011 10:20:08 a.m.
LMAO what does number 9 mean
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