Kōrero: 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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Photograph by Paul Corliss

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Dianne Bardsley, 'English language in New Zealand - New words', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/40335/munted (accessed 7 August 2020)

He kōrero nā Dianne Bardsley, i tāngia i te 5 Sep 2013