Story: English language in New Zealand



Munted, meaning broken or ruined, gained currency after the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 to the extent that the word popped up in unlikely places, like these road signs. Previously it was mostly used by young people.

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Dianne Bardsley, 'English language in New Zealand - New words', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2020)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 5 Sep 2013