It’s a New Year - time for a fresh start.

What an unoriginal title

In everyday life and in the news in 2012, a lot of phrases got thrown around that fast became pretty cliche. 

Here’s a small list of a few that got up our noses last year.

“Fifty shades” - of everything

Every marketer in the world tried to jump on board the 50 Shades of Grey erotic fiction bandwagon in 2012.

Dymocks built a whole new shelf in their stores for the series (“Steamy Fiction”). Hotels carried on about replacing the Bible with 50 Shades. There was a “50 shades of” headline in every major newspaper (“50 shades of ouch”). If ever there was a sign of how exhausted the phrase was last year, not even the realm of the dad joke was safe from the phenomenon. Dr Karl named his latest book 50 Shades of Grey Matter.

He only gets a pass for it because he’s Dr Karl.


We welcomed the World Wide Web into our lives in the ‘90s, entering a whole new world where we could read about the issues our one-time primary school friends had developed - in real-time! And websites like The Punch sprung into existence.

Early last decade, when talking about technology, then US President George W Bush referred to cyberspace as the “internets”. Yep, as a plural. Ever since people have tried to be funny by calling the net the “Interwebs”. It was kinda funny then, but people still keep on saying it. A Google search of “Interwebs” finds more than 5 million results out there on those internets. God help us when people who say “interwebs” discover memes.

Fiscal cliff

Accountants, they aren’t always the most creative folk. But the chairman of the US Reserve Bank, Ben Bernanke, cleverly dreamt up “fiscal cliff” as a metaphor for a looming economic calamity.

He hoped his phrasing would draw attention to the mixture of spending cuts and tax hikes that were programmed into the US budget to force them to reach a deficit-slashing deal. Otherwise there would (probably) be an economic calamity.

It sure did grab our attention. We’ve been hearing about the “so-called fiscal cliff” for months now. There’s hopeful signs there might not be a cliffhanger ending to this saga. But then again, a “debt ceiling” debate is on the horizon.

YOLO – You Only Live Once. This phrase has lived a lot in its short existence, appearing everywhere from Zac Efron’s wrist to Facebook statuses, caps and singlet.

Earlier this year The Punch explained the philosophy behind it. It’s had its time in the sun.

“Social media storm”

Strangely, the Bureau of Meteorology seems to have missed this crazy outbreak of weather that seems to have occurred on social media last year.

As David Penberthy pointed out on The Punch last year, there’s always someone blowing up at someone on Twitter. Whether it really matters for any of us is another question.

What phrases got up your goat in 2012?

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    • acotrel says:

      05:25am | 02/01/13

      There won’t be a new start in Australia until the LNP get a new leader. The current one is no different from the Tea Party jerks in America .

    • scubasteve says:

      07:10am | 02/01/13

      yawn. worst hijack attempt ever.

    • ZSRenn says:

      07:37am | 02/01/13

      Another Abbott distraction acotrel. You guys will anything to lead us away, from our understanding,  that this is the worst government in Australian history.

      Remember the words of Bob Brown. “Australians are smarter than this and they do not like to be patronised!”

    • Christine says:

      07:41am | 02/01/13

      Acotrel, why are you a labor supporter so desperate to remove the Leader of the Opposition.  Why should it bother you? Perhaps he has done too good a job for the Coalition.
      Why else would you be so obsessively concerned about the Leader of a party you don’t vote for.

    • maria says:

      08:07am | 02/01/13

      Nothing will change for as long as direct democracy a la Switzerland in which only the people are sovereign will be denied to the Australian people.
      You don’t have to be an Einstein to understand it are irrelevant under the rules of the jerks in power.

    • craig2 says:

      08:10am | 02/01/13

      Aco: your ranting is very tiresome.

    • Hartz says:

      08:51am | 02/01/13

      Acotrel - you are the cliche I’d like to leave in 2012, although I do enjoy your constant confirmation of the Labor loony stereotype… Wooop wooop here comes Acotrel in his propeller hat…

    • PJ says:

      09:40am | 02/01/13

      In Europe, some 27 of the States there have elected centre political parties, dropping the reckless spending Socialist Parties, of which only 5 remain.

      Since we are losing our Mining boom and the only solution offered is to pack our cities beyond toleration and sprawl them into the precious farmland, per haps we should take a heads up and get shot of our Socialist Lefties?

      After all, just like some of their European counterparts, our Socialist Government have delivered record Budget deficits and record debt ceilings, which we cannot afford to expand on.

      We are entering a phase where we need to conserve and build, rather than follow the suggestions from Acotrel.

    • George says:

      10:03am | 02/01/13

      Speak for yourself. It would be an advantage for a lot of us if all these countries quit printing money. Remember the old days when you’d be considered a nut job who should be running Zimbabwe if you suggested printing money? So what’s changed?

    • Christian Real says:

      11:46am | 02/01/13

      Tea Party = extreme far right wing Conservatives = Liberal/National party.
      Abbott is a weak Leader, relying and resorting to smear campaigns and muck-raking to make up for and substitute for his lack of good,genuine policies.
      Abbott is a liabillity and not an assett to our great country and would become a total disaster and embarrassment to our Country if he ever did get lucky enough to become Prime Minister.
      Mark Riley exposed Abbott’s weakness in answering questions during an interview when Abbott became speechless and was unable to talk.
      Imagine if Abbott had been Prime Minister at the time and he froze up and became speechless when asked questions from World Press journalists and reporters,he would become an embarrassment and laughing stock of our great Country.
      It does appear that Abbott is not a Leader but the Court Jester of the Liberal/National party

    • goaway says:

      02:26pm | 02/01/13

      Can we have a downvote button? alcotrel tries to hijack every post with his idiocy and then I have to scroll past screens of retorts to get to comments on the actual article.

    • NoelT says:

      02:36pm | 02/01/13

      Christian Real says:
      “Abbott is a weak Leader, relying and resorting to smear campaigns and muck-raking to make up for and substitute for his lack of good, genuine policies.”
      Get real Christian! You are taking the piss aren’t you? The Gillard is the biggest, dirtiest, muck raking politician Australia has ever had, aided by her imported shitdigger McTernan. The Gillard can’t run the country, except into the ground, so she has to rely totally on trying to run the opposition into the ground, which she can’t do either. If the Australian people knew even the smallest truth of this corrupt Gillard regime they would be doing an Egyptian and marching in the streets in their thousands, let Albanese then say, “This is a “Convoy of No Consequence”......dirty little grub; mocking the concerned citizens who were exercising their democratic right to voice their opposition to the lie of a Carbon Tax. This ALP minority government is rotten to the core and The Gillard is the worm. Tony Abbott will be the next true PM and he will bring Australia back from the brink, then all you little GetUp/ ALPers can crawl away and hatch your next plot to erode the Australian economy, but don’t hold your breath waiting for that opportunity because you are going to be in the wilderness for a very, very, very long time. Remember the lie, “There will be no Carbon Tax under a government I lead.” Liar!

    • Christine says:

      02:55pm | 02/01/13

      Christian Real,
      Are you for real with your comments.
      Abbott is very much a strong leader who has pulled the Coalition together under difficult circumstances. He is a leader who put the party and policies first ahead of himself. 
      Almost since day 1 of the Gillard/labour party taking government, Labour and their supporters have been screaming for the Coalition to release their policies for the next election.  What rubbish and why so desperate for Coalition policies when the Coalition was not in power and therefore could not implement policies.  Something smelt with these labour calls and still does.

      As for your reference to the Mark Riley standoff by Abbott, perhaps you lack the knowledge to understand that when someone steps over the line, quite often a good tactical response is to respond with silence and a good stare.  Abbott wasn’t lost for words, he was deliberately holding back with decency.
      Why are some labour supporters so desperate to smear this man?

      As for your tea party nonsense, in every political party including labour there are degrees of conservative and radical, left or right leaning whatever you wish to call it.  Labour has more than its share of left, right wings, or middle road supporters.  This is the same for all.  Your generalisations are unworthy. Each party or group of supporters is made up of diverse views and in a democratic party, they are open to discuss same. Name calling and lobbing everyone into the same basket is nonsense.

    • Christian Real says:

      03:43pm | 02/01/13

      Noel T
      You have the audacity to bag and run down the current government,they cannot be doing as bad as your Liberal party branch brainwashes you into believing.
      Three credit rating agencies, Standard & Poor’s,Moody’s and Fitches have all given the Federal ALP Government a Triple AAA rating and Australia is one of six other countries to have a Triple AAA rating from these three top credit rating agencies.
      The only lie about a carbon tax is the one that you and others are echoing on behalf of Liberal party headquarters.
      The Prime Minister Promised before the last federal election to legislate a Price on Carbon,and she has kept that promise by legislating a Price on Carbon.
      Misconstruing the truth will not make it become the truth for you and your Liberal colleagues.

    • Andrew Mackinnon says:

      05:32am | 02/01/13

      Welcome to 2013.  We have now officially entered the Twilight Zone where the grass, the birds and the trees are still real, but the mainstream news we’re presented with is anything but.

      In all honesty, I’ve lost interest.  Fifty Shades of Meh.

    • craig2 says:

      05:50am | 02/01/13

      Any phrase uttered by Gillard and Swanny about the economy and a surplus.

    • nihonin says:

      07:24am | 02/01/13

      Or Jenny stating she could live on $35 a day, I’d like to see her do it and longer than just the usual bullshit of a week.  Be a bit of a challenge after leeching $900 a day off the tax payer teat.

    • Troy Flynn says:

      09:30am | 02/01/13

      Yep! Three FULL months on Newstart. No car, driver, paid lunches in the ministerial dining room, electorate allowance etc. Has to live in the only accommodation she can find and afford (we’ll assume she has paid bond already) and then also find three months worth of electricity, gas and water rates. Oh, and she has to apply for the minimum number of job applications per fortnight and get to interviews with only the help (bus & train tickets) that centrelink provides.

    • Geronimo says:

      06:00am | 02/01/13

      How about The Abbott’s preferred oxymoron “I think” for a first prize candidacy, then there’s Froggy Newman, to the absolute delight of his suddenly enlightened True Believers, displaying his inherent simplicity with, “scooper pooper, punks-n-drunks and bring it on” for just three examples of his very limited schoolyard vocabulary.

    • NoelT says:

      02:45pm | 02/01/13

      Geron….........The Gillard’s preferred oxymoron is, “Moving forward.” as the whole country goes backward into billions of dollars of debt! Campbell Newman removed the Bligh’s introduced policy that ALP politicians can legally lie in parliament…......howzat? The mighty Bligh condoning lying. The Gillard is also a compulsive liar…..must be in the ALP DNA. Tony Abbott will be the next PM of Australia and there’s nothing that you or The Gillard or any GetUp/ Union loudmouth can do to stop it. 2013 the year of the healing, the year of the recovery, the year Australia really begins to move forward and that ain’t no oxymoron.

    • TracyH says:

      06:34am | 02/01/13

      COMMUNITY. I’m sick to death of it.

    • Murray says:

      07:12am | 02/01/13

      Yep. Plus responsibility, possibility, and any other word ending in “ity”.  Especially when uttered relentlessly by Gillard - who doesn’t understand there is no ‘d’ in them (communidy, possibilidy, responsibilidy etc). Drives me nuts

    • Sundress In Sydney says:

      07:39am | 02/01/13

      Normally tied in with “Aussie Battlers”  or “Brave Single Mum”  ‘The Community has seen this Brave Single Mum, a true Aussie Battler, being treated in a most un-Australian manner by a misogynist.  But moving forward, the brave men and women of the police force are struggling to cope as shock sets in the community.’  This could actually be used for any news piece.

    • nihonin says:

      07:57am | 02/01/13

      Murray, she most likely believes ‘g’ should be pronounced as a ‘k’ as well.  As in thin(k)g, somethin(k)g or anythin(k)g.  wink

    • Super D says:

      06:37am | 02/01/13

      The budget is back in surplus. We won’t be hearing that nonsense this year.

    • Seano says:

      08:11am | 02/01/13

      Yes because the budget being in surplus is far more important than doing what is economically sensible at the time.

    • PJ says:

      09:44am | 02/01/13

      ** Quotes over the 2010 to 2012 period Promising of a Surplus**
      1 “Today, I can assure every Australian that their Budget will be in Surplus in 2013.” - Julia Gillard
      2 “Moving Forward means bringing the Budget into Surplus by 2013.”
      3 “Brining us back to Surplus 3 years earlier.” - Swan
      4 “(a Surplus is) important to our future and economic strength.”  - Swan
      5 ..“it is achievable,” - Swan
      6 “The Australian economy is in great shape and we are on track for a Surplus.
      Outside of the Asia Pac those economies are in bad shape.” - Swan
      7 “We are on track for a Surplus in 2013, on time and as promised.” - Swan
      8 “We will bring the Budget to Surplus in 2013 exactly as promised.”
      - Gillard
      9 “It is in the interests of the Australian people to bring the Budget to Surplus.” - Gillard
      10 ..“the Surplus is a buffer against Global uncertainty.” - Swan
      11 “This 2012 Budget delivers a Surplus this coming year, on time.” - Swan Budget Speech May 2012.
      12 “It is a modest Surplus, but one that is easily achievable given the economy we’ve got.” - Swan
      - Swan Budget Speech May 2012.

      Are you not astonished, that even as we all realised that a Surplus was impossible, this Government would not admit that also?

      We need to ask the question, how much of a grasp does this Government have of our economy, that it could not see ages ago a surplus was impossible?

    • TimB says:

      12:11pm | 02/01/13

      ‘Yes because the budget being in surplus is far more important than doing what is economically sensible at the time.’

      I’d buy that argument had the ALP been saying that all along. Unfortunately for you, it’s a pretty recent line. It’s not even a month old yet.

      The ALP aren’t leaving the budget in deficit because it’s economically sensible. They’re leaving it in deficit because after three years of moronic promises, they finally admitted to themselves that they couldn’t get to a surplus.

      Their position is simply a result of their own stupidity, not any sudden burst of fisical responsibility.

    • Seano says:

      02:17pm | 02/01/13

      @PJ - My point wasn’t that Swan had planed and worked towards a surplus but that a surplus considering the current economic circumstances would be the irresponsible and wrong thing to do. But hey you keep ranting on mate. Meanwhile Abbott has promised a surplus, less taxes, more services, a carbon tax roll back, nannies for the rich, new roads and defense spending at the same percentage level of GDP as CHINA and lets not mention the economically disastrous paid parental leave scheme which will slug 3000 businesses regardless as opposed the carbon taxes 500 on a user pays basis.

      But hey let’s just ignore Abbott/Hockeys promises of anything and everything to everyone that cannot possibly be delivered. Let’s make the focus on the government working towards a surplus but changing tact because of changing economic circumstances. Makes sense.

      PS. As an obvious fan of history you’ll note that Peter Costello promised a budget surplus in 2001 but it ended up a deficit.

      @trollb - I’m not interested in discussions with trolls.

    • craig2 says:

      03:48pm | 02/01/13

      Seano: TrollB (timb) is correct about his comments. If you haven’t got the nous to work out where this government is at, then you’ve just fallen for the spin BS you just wrote. With due respect, this government couldn’t pull a surplus in the biggest mining boom ever, so Seano, how is your “economic sensibility” line working out right now?

    • Christine says:

      04:03pm | 02/01/13

      Seano says
      The difference is it has been common knowledge for sometime that the economic conditions were not so great and that the budget surplus was a figment. The writing was on the wall for all to see,  but the Gillard/Swan crowd failed to accept reality until it was absolutely forced on them and ridiculous to continue with the dream. Over estimating income in these times was fanciful.  In Swanny’s usual negative manner., he derided anyone who suggested otherwise. 

      The goal of any government would admirably be to work towards a surplus, however the goal needs to be balanced against the economic conditions of the time.

    • Seano says:

      07:05am | 02/01/13

      I reckon YOLO tattoos should be preceded with DSS.

      DSS - YOLO = Do So Stupid - You Only Live Once.

    • Seano says:

      08:10am | 02/01/13

      Do *Something Stupid

      Oh well YOLO

    • Audra Blue says:

      01:07pm | 02/01/13

      I’ve been seeing the YOLO thing around for a while but had no idea what it meant.

      I couldn’t even summon the energy to find out.  I’m glad I know now but I could quite happily have continued on if I’d never found out at all.

      Wow.  Two days into the new year and I’m already “meh”.

    • Seano says:

      02:19pm | 02/01/13

      Ha. Same here. Didn’t know what it was, just figured it was those wacky Gen Y kiddies. smile

    • PsychoHyena says:

      03:31pm | 02/01/13

      @Seano, please don’t lump all of Gen Y in with the idiots that do that stuff…

      *sigh* it’s difficult being at the older end of a generation bracket. Though it’s probably the same with being at the younger end.


      07:22am | 02/01/13

      Hi Daniel,

      Life isn’t always as simple as being black or white at all.  Most people seem to live in those grey areas and why not?  With grey we tend to blend in more easily, right?  Especially for the Americans waking up to the fact that they have just ended up in trillions of dollars national debt overnight only comes as a surprise to most people like myself.  Not only the USA but also the Euro Zone are suffering from a sluggish economies and it is supposed to get worse before it gets any better.  So if the Americans and the Europeans aren’t spending as consumers it is certainly up to countries like Australia, Canada and the UK to take over this important task of spending the hard earned cash, right? 

      I must also say that I was truly impressed with the US Senators and the President Obama working through their Christmas/New Year holidays. Can they really fix the “fiscal cliff” problem?  Well it won’t happen overnight but it might happen eventually.  When everyone is being very careful with their spending, how can we really get the world economy moving forward once again? It does get tricky when most consumers were actually turning to their faithful credit cards for all those important purchases during Christmas. Surely that must have been good for the overall economies of nations in the EU and the USA but it isn’t nearly enough.  Now it is most certainly time to make long range plans, on a global scale.

      With unemployment rates reaching 25 percent in places like Spain, the Euro Zone seems to have their hands full with the growing problem of the current youth and the long term unemployment in Italy, Portugal and Greece. Solutions aren’t actually in the spending habits but more in finding the right opportunities such as a good stable job, for most Europeans. And in conclusion I have say thank God for the internet and social media websites, simply because it may be the most productive thing to do for the long term unemployed most certainly coming after reading good books!  Kind regards.

    • LJ Dots says:

      07:23am | 02/01/13

      Thanks Daniel, this article resonated with me on a granular level. Also, I liked it.

    • yeah-no says:

      07:29am | 02/01/13

      First world problem
      At the end of the day
      xxxx, anyone? (when mentioning some political issue)
      Awesome (used to describe mundane stuff)

      But worst of all, bringing ridiculous partisan comments into any online thread, like a couple have already done here. Partisan comments are cliches, and by definition have no impact.  Hardline partisans probably know this, but can’t control their urges.

    • Tubesteak says:

      07:37am | 02/01/13

      Some people dislike “first world problem” should be removed. Their argument is that if you live in the first world then you are naturally going to have first world problems that you are entitled to whinge about.

      Unfortunately, most of the whining is about completely inconsequential things that are a result of your choices in life and whining about them just proves how pathetically entitled you are.

      First world problem should remain as a shut-your-mouth comeback to those that feel the need to complain about trivial things.

    • Markus says:

      09:20am | 02/01/13

      My only argument against the term is that it makes anybody who says it out loud look like a bigger knob than the person they are trying to ridicule.

      I prefer to stick with pointing out the person’s princess complex or lack of testicles as a response to their inane whining.
      Or to get them fervently riled up about something even more trivial, only to finally realise that I was actually taking the piss. That one is always fun.

    • Tubesteak says:

      09:50am | 02/01/13

      Depends on how much time you have and how fun it might be to rile them up. Sometimes I prefer “fwp” because it would be a waste of time pointing out the stupidity and pointlessness of their argument or my comment would be too offensive to post

      Everything is a cost-benefit analysis

    • Sundress In Sydney says:

      07:44am | 02/01/13

      Posted before, but I think my computer had a moment of madness.  Well, here are a whole bunch of phrases I never want to hear again, especially in those syrupy saccharine tones of the talking heads.  “The community was outraged as this Aussie Battler was dealt with in an un-Australian manner.  The brave single mother’s friends were in shock as the brave men and women of the blah blah blah ad nauseum.”

    • Null and Void says:

      08:44am | 02/01/13

      Yeah, I never want to hear Un-Australian again, either. Or hero.

    • Tom says:

      08:41am | 02/01/13

      Amaze (oft suffixed with -balls) can take a hike.

    • Garn says:

      08:46am | 02/01/13

      “greatest (insert fave here) of *all time*!”
      Uh huh. Sure. 

      So would that be….
      a) in the 14bn years since the Big Bang
      b) in the 4bn years since the Earth got a crust
      c) since Homo Habilis, c 2m years
      d) since Home sapiens c 200,000 years
      e) since invention of writing (c5200 years)
      or just perhaps
      f) since the invention of
        i) the printing press c560 years
        ii) recorded sound c120 years
        iii) the internet for public use c20 years.

      Hmm? “Of Alllll Toime!”, eh. Gissa break.

    • paul says:

      10:18am | 02/01/13

      Garn , you forgot to mention Sliced Bread.

    • Chris L says:

      08:47am | 02/01/13

      Anything-gate. Can the media please stop putting the word “gate” at the end of other words to describe scandals? I refer to this as blah-gate.

    • Markus says:

      09:24am | 02/01/13

      Still waiting for a scandal involving a major city water supply to be labelled ‘Watergate’ by the Aus media, without even a single hint of irony.

    • Troy Flynn says:

      10:23am | 02/01/13

      Agreed. Watergate was the name of the Hotel. It’s not like every scandal involves a hotel. Even if there was a hotel involved, it’s name is unlikely to include “gate” in the name.

    • the phantom says:

      09:03am | 02/01/13

      moving forward, lessons will be learnt, right sizing, win-win, value added.
      synergy, paradign. a raft of (uncosted) proposals, the boat people, flood gates, we will stop the boats! Core and None core. Phony and Tony (nah keep that one as its the perfect match)

    • Christine says:

      10:23am | 02/01/13

      Phantom with a name like that , who is the phoney one?.
      Besides are you just parroting one of the PMs name calling tactics.
      Name calling is for kindy kids.not adults.

      core or non core of Labour government
      -  Budget surplus - failed. (naive promise)
      - Batts in Ceiling - failed
      - No carbon tax - failed
      - Education revolution - what happened?
      - Boat policy - failed - ( unless of course the plan was to increase numbers)
      Remember the Hawke promise ‘no child will be living in poverty’
      intention is worthy but promise naive .

      We need experienced politicians leading this country, yes they may make the occasional error, but one would think a lot less.

    • Sundress in Sydney says:

      09:09am | 02/01/13

      Yep, I agree, let’s all “Shut The Bloody Gate”

    • Sundress in Sydney says:

      09:43am | 02/01/13

      See, my computer hates me.  That was meant to be under Chris L at 8:47.  Then it might have been a mildly amusing post (to some anyway).  Now it just looks silly.  **sighs**

    • Philosopher says:

      10:09am | 02/01/13

      what gate? Why should we shut it? Oh Sundress, your comment so puzzled me it threw me into a depression.

    • Chris L says:

      10:34am | 02/01/13

      I knew what you meant Sundress grin

    • Murf says:

      09:23am | 02/01/13

      swag, #swag. Or any of the alternatives.

    • Katie says:

      09:29am | 02/01/13

      “Internet bullying”. Or, moreso, people treating it like it’s a new thing. ‘Trolling’ has been around for around 10 years or so at the very least, and only now people are surprised that there are mean people everywhere, even on the internet?

      Don’t feed the trolls.

    • Yon Toad says:

      09:38am | 02/01/13

      I call bullshit.

    • Bear says:

      09:39am | 02/01/13

      How about ‘it’ whatever it may be being the fault of Gillard or ‘boat people!? Unless they really directly did ‘it’. Oh its too late already. My feet are sore, damn you Gillaaaaaaard!!!

    • dougo says:

      09:39am | 02/01/13

      i think i got about enough “marriage equality” in 2012, thanks.

    • Rose says:

      10:53am | 02/01/13

      That one will be around until we achieve it!!

    • dougo says:

      10:59am | 02/01/13

      or until ‘we’ realise it’s a meaningless phrase. next.

    • Emma2 says:

      09:42am | 02/01/13

      Totes. I totes hate it when people use this word. A tote is a bag FFS.

      Cray. That rave was so cray last night! As in crazy. That word can go too. Everytime I hear or see it I am reminded of shellfish.

    • Loz says:

      01:34pm | 02/01/13

      “Defs” is right up there too. Can that one!

    • Beck says:

      09:43am | 02/01/13

      You forgot to mention the “misogyny” crap frequently used by Canberra con artists!

    • Beck says:

      11:38am | 02/01/13

      P.S: specially by the master of the liars in the nasty Labor government. you know who I’m talking about! Everyone in Australia dose! :D

    • Emma2 says:

      09:45am | 02/01/13

      To put it all together:

      That rave was totes cray!!! YOLO!!


    • Bear says:

      09:51am | 02/01/13

      At the end of the day!!!! Unless you literally are saying ‘I like to have a smoke when I get home at the end of the day’ or something, it’s rubbish.

    • Chris L says:

      10:37am | 02/01/13

      That’s an old expression Bear. It’s meant to give us some variety so we’re not just repeating “when all is said and done” constantly.

    • Bear says:

      10:54am | 02/01/13

      Why would it be replaced with another cliche? How about just saying what you mean? It’s mostly superfluous. Its constant use is not old.

    • Suzanne says:

      10:04am | 02/01/13

      Hi Daniel

      Not so fast, our sales are up 84% on 2011 thanks to 50 Shades of Grey.

      Hope more books come out and more movies

    • Rose says:

      10:55am | 02/01/13

      Where do you work, a sex shop?

    • Troy Flynn says:

      11:50am | 02/01/13

      The only problem with more books coming out is that a high percentage of them will likely be read on a Kindle or similar. Unless your sales are online you may find it hard to repeat that 84%.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      10:22am | 02/01/13

      Daniel P Really??  “As David Penberthy pointed out on The Punch earlier this year, there’s always someone blowing up at someone on Twitter. Whether it really matters for any of us is another question”.
      I dont think David has had an article this year… smile

    • pa_kelvin says:

      11:30am | 02/01/13

      Nice fix… smile

    • Ted says:

      10:30am | 02/01/13

      What phrases got up your goat in 2012?



      A surplus full of “shit happens” with the full support of Tony who is happy to keep it that way specially with a system full of loopholes.
      Julia & Tony same s…... power and more power.

      Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

      Isn’t it what our system is
      a Monarchy without a head of state?
      a democracy without the people?

    • Robin Barker says:

      10:44am | 02/01/13

      cliches tend to hang around draping and fogging up the language like spiderwebs, every year there’s a few more to add to the ever-increasing compost heap of unimaginative dull language:
      going forwards - where did this come from? will it ever go away going forwards.
      at this point in time
      at the end of the day, the bottom line is
      it beggars belief
      have a nice day, enjoy your morning/afternoon/evening (as Gabrielle Lord once said, ‘I have other things in mind.’ or as I’m inclined to say, ‘mind your business.’)
      take care (usually from complete strangers who couldn’t give a stuff if you walked out of the supermarket and broke your leg)
      ‘in terms of’
      and all the nouns that have turned into ugly lazy verbs - parenting, medalling, podiuming,

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      10:45am | 02/01/13

      The statement by Federal ALP Families Minister, Jenny Macklin, that:
      “Yes, I could live on $38per day”
      Tells us all we need to know about this dissembling, dishonest & worst-ever Federal Government Australia has eve been cursed with.
      The perfect example of the ALP’s dishonesty is that they have now air-brushed Macklin’s absurd remarks from the Official Transcript of what she said. Why?
      They can air-brush as much as they like but they will never, ever, be able to airbrush her remarks from the recorded Public Record held by the Electronic & Print Media.
      That is, of course, so long as the Socialist Australian Workers Party, aka the Australian Labor Party, do not get away with bringing their con-job of Government Regulation of the Media = Government control of the Media & Free Speech.
      Another Socialist Workers Party in Europe, aka NSDAP, did just that & look what happened?
      The air-brushing of Macklin’s remarks tells us just what will happen if they get their regulation of the media through. We will only be told what the Government wants us to be told. Eventually sites like “The Punch” will be closed down. Anyone who speaks out against the Government-of-the Day will be silenced, arrested & it will be “The gas chamber for you”
      In the event of a Coalition Government the likes of ‘acotrel’ - arch-supporter of the ALP - will be exterminated. The precedent was set during the 1930s
      Though it is tobe hoped this will never, ever happen again, in the event of the ALP being alected to office anti-ALP Punchers like “PJ says” had better watch out for it will be off to the gas chamber for her/him too.
      Happy New Year!!

    • David T. says:

      11:10am | 02/01/13

      Happy New Year!  I could not exist on $38 a day even though my wife is an excellent housekeeper (and marvellous cook). We don’t run a car but it still costs more than $38 a day to live.
      I really would like to see Ms Macklin be forced to do this for an extended period.
      Look forward to sparring with you this year Robert!

    • Christine says:

      11:12am | 02/01/13

      In this technological era, it was pretty naive to try and cover up the comment re ‘I could’ referring to living on $38 per day. 
      Why not straight honesty. We all get caught out from time to time with saying the wrong thing.  The question was clear as was the answer.
      Cover up was unnecessary but probably part of damage control..
      It would be a big struggle for anyone with hopefully lots of assistance from friends, relatives or charities if they were in a position to assist.  .

    • PW says:

      11:12am | 02/01/13


      The other day I was reading that “families” may have to endure b-triple road trains on the Hume Highway. Seems that for anyone else they aren’t a problem.

    • encee says:

      12:46pm | 02/01/13

      I couldn’t agree more PW.

      Another one - embattled.

    • mattkas says:

      02:45pm | 02/01/13

      PW, what about, in news reporting: ” 23 people were killed, including women and children.”
      - risk assessment (for everything).
      - man up.

    • Economist says:

      11:20am | 02/01/13

      Class warfare in relation to any suggestion for any increase in taxes.

    • Kingly says:

      11:26am | 02/01/13

      Try “bracing”, “reeling” and “coming to terms with” (as in towns and “mini tornados”) as irritating terms.

    • Another Michael says:

      11:52am | 02/01/13

      I would love to find out that 2012 was the last of the “reality television”. Unfortunately the advertising tells me otherwise.Unfortunately none of them mirror reality in the slightest. Maybe I should be more positive, inasmuch as these shows have forced me away from the lounge and out to the shed.

    • Troy Flynn says:

      12:11pm | 02/01/13

      Or in my case, the internet. I sincerely doubt I will be watching much commercial FTATV.

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      01:36pm | 02/01/13

      “Another Michael”,
      I could not agree more! It’s not just those ersatz reality shows it is all those eternal repeats of repeats of repeats which the ABC, SBS, 7, 9 & 10 put on. When all those new Tv Sations came on-line the Free-to-Air people twittered on about how exciting all these new stations were, how we would be getting masses of Brand New Shows, a whole New World of Entertainment, you name it the FTA people were going to do it.
      ABCNews24? More self-advertising for the ABC than content
      ABC1 Repeats of old shows which they have shown us numerous times during the last 15 years. (Midsommer Murders, Poirot, Miss Marple, the list goes on & on.
      ABC2 Repeats of what has already been repeated numerous times on ABC1
      Ch 7. This is the best of the lot. Yes, we get the repeats repeated repeatedly then on 72 really old stuff being churned out yet again
      Ch 9. This is the Station which seems to have only one series & that is on all the bloody time: The Big Bang Theory. Yes, it was funny but it’s now tired & boring. Switch to 9s 99? More Bloody Great Big Bang Theory
      Then, of course, there are their Reality Shows. Absolute garbage.
      Ch 10. Does anyone actually even bother to switch to 10? They are now reduced to sending out repeats of their super-flop Lara Bingle, SUV, Masterchef.
      If these commercial channels & the ABC are wondering why they are losing business & viewers then they only have to look in their mirrors for, just like their programmes, they will see nothing more than a repeat!
      SBS is not quite so bad but I do wish in SA they would do something about their sound transmission for they do have some great shows on both SBS1 & 2. but the sound is appalling & no, it is not my set for all the other channels are fine so far as sound is concerned,
      NITV (SBS34) is new &, at present, it is very interesting but for how long?

    • St. Michael says:

      11:58am | 02/01/13

      “It sure did grab our attention. We’ve been hearing about the “so-called fiscal cliff” for months now. There’s hopeful signs there might not be a cliffhanger ending to this saga.”

      Bernanke, mainly because he’s dishonest and contributing to the problem by printing money, misnamed the US’s issues as a fiscal cliff.  The better description for it is the fiscal snowline—that is, snow accumulating on the top of a mountain.

      See, based on past experience, authorities build poles that have marks showing snow depth on mountains prone to avalanche.  The point at which snow levels caused avalanches in the past has a red line.  If the snow accumulates above the red line without an avalanche happening immediately, it does not mean that the red line was wrong or that snow piling up does not cause avalanches.  It means that an avalanche is getting more and more likely—as is the severity of the avalanche when it finally happens.  In avalanches, whether a given depth of snow will result in an avalanche or not is determined by the details of the snow and weather conditions.

      In financial terms, the US with a debt-to-GDP ratio of 104% and rising has gone above that crucial ‘red’ line - some years past.  The President’s own budgetary office projects continuing US deficits for the next 10 years.  That doesn’t mean you can expect a US budget in the black on year 11, it just means the President’s office is only compelled to project out for 10 years.  Even the “Ryan plan”, which the US rejected by electing Obama a second time, would only have balanced the US budget 28 years from now.

      And here’s the newsflash: every year a government has a budget in deficit, it goes deeper and deeper into debt, just like your credit card debt gets higher and higher if you don’t pay it off and do nothing about it.

      As it is, the fiscal cliff is really chicken feed compared with the numbers involved.  Its impact on the US economy would be a minot dusting of snow compared with an outright US debt default, which eventually has to happen.  Even the most draconican measures the Republicans wanted to put in would only slow the spending slightly, not stop it or reverse it.

      In short: it may be tomorrow, it may be five years from now, but the US is headed for a sovereign debt crisis the same as is currently burning Greece to the ground - where its debt far exceeds its available money.  In Greece’s case, that crisis hit when its debt-to-GDP ratio was 140%.  On current spending rates, the US will hit that mark about four years from now.

      The debt ceiling is also a false shade in the distance, because it only relates to whether Congress will agree to raise the debt ceiling yet again, as in, the maximum size of the US’s debt.  As has been demonstrated in the past four years, of course it will.  The only relevant debate is when the US’s financiers—by which I mean the institutions that hold big, big slices of US bonds—will agree to continue throwing good money after bad at the US.

    • Amac says:

      12:32pm | 02/01/13

      OMG - spoken as Oh Em Gee ? Why not just just say ‘‘Oh My God’’ its just as man syllables, just as juvenile and shows just what an over dramatic girl you are.
      It’s Not Rocket Science!
      Grrrrr…  When will that ever die???
      Usually sprouted by someone who has no idea what they are talking about and expect you to pull a miracle out of your butt for them.

    • Blackadder says:

      01:12pm | 02/01/13

      Add to that ‘LOL’, Amac. It’s astounding how many douches say ‘LOL’ instead of actually laughing if something was funny…

      And don’t get me started on, like, the multiple use of the word ‘like’, in every, like, sentence. It’s like, so brainlessly, like, stupid.

    • I hate pies says:

      02:03pm | 02/01/13

      And bloody “smart” phones. How many of us sat around at a gathering over christmas waiting for people to stop playing with their bloody phones. At one stage I counted 6 out of the 9 present playing with their phones. “Social” media my arse.

    • sundress in sydney says:

      01:37pm | 02/01/13

      @Blackadder, the use of ‘like’ irritates me also.  I mentioned this to a co-worker (she is 19).  she said using ‘like’ is the same as my generation using ‘um or ‘er’.  Still irritates though

    • PW says:

      02:31pm | 02/01/13

      Sundress- Your young friend at work might be interested to know the use of “like” in this context goes back to Cheech and Chong in the early 1970’s and most probably well before, like the 50’s beatnik movement?

    • BrianB says:

      01:51pm | 02/01/13

      “Absolutely” instead of “Yes”

    • Lyla says:

      02:59pm | 02/01/13

      Ok. I’m ready to unleash my most detested phrases/words of 2012! (Unleash is obviously top of the list - I’m not walking a dog here.)

      1. That awkward moment when….you’re still using this phrase.
      2. Hey I just met you and this is crazy! No, not really.
      3. Because [insert random word] I’m going swimming because WET.
      4. Cray cray. Just no.
      5. Totes. A colleague used this recently - in a serious context - and I just wanted to slap her.
      5. Amazing. It means astounding. Why are you using it to describe a sandwich?
      6. Anything related to The Block - ie 7’o Block! The Blockheads! I never wanted to watch this show anyway and I sure as hell don’t now!
      7. Obvs for obviously. Obvs because it kinda reminds me of obstetrics and GROSS. (Ya see what I did there?)
      8. Amirite?! No you’re stupid.
      9. Women referring to their girlfriends as ‘lovelies’.
      10. Trying to be cute with “I am disappoint!”, “Excite!”, “That’s so HILARE!”

      I’m sure there’s more but I is forget. Emoticon, emoticon. Soz for the rant.

    • I hate pies says:

      03:02pm | 02/01/13

      “Horror” in “Ricky Ponting” had a horror run of outs…actually the overly emotive and superlative language used by all media…actually, it’s just the media in general that gives me the shits.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      03:10pm | 02/01/13

      Doh…. instead of you idiot…

    • Alan says:

      04:26pm | 02/01/13

      “I will not be lectured”, “I was offended” - ah well basically anything that looney Gillard said since she’s been PM.


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