Word of the day

Anserine – of or pertaining to the subfamily Anserinae, of the family Anatidae, comprising the true geese; of or resembling a goose; gooselike; stupid, foolish, silly.

7 Responses to Word of the day

  1. robertguyton says:

    John Key and his Government and its followers – anserine.

    “”It is clear now that the Government has effectively cut the income tax rate and paid for it by borrowing money overseas, in large part from China. It is an act of economic treason and generational selfishness when a government has decided an already-wealthy part of the population deserves higher incomes paid for by loading foreign debt on future generations of taxpayers.”


  2. robertguyton says:

    And then there are the comments (362 of them!)

    Here’s one:
    “But, but, but., wasn’t that their perfidiously self-serving plan all along? Create a strategic deficit by gifting unaffordable and unwarranted tax cuts that overwhelmingly favoured the already wealthy, then use that strategic deficit as an excuse to sell themselves our communally owned, income generating strategic assets while slashing public services for the poor? The rich get richer and the poor are forced to pay. It is revolting.”

  3. TraceyS says:

    Good on you for picking out one comment from 362!

    From the same author “… New Zealand compares quite well in terms of the magnitude and composition of our gross external debt… ”


    The fact that Bernard Hickey and some commentators don’t like tax cuts doesn’t mean that supporters of this government are geese. You make some amazing leaps, Robert. In desperation I feel. Or perhaps they can be more accurately described as flights than leaps…

  4. Mr E says:

    “John Key and his Government and its followers – anserine.”
    Are you calling these people geese or stupid or something else?
    According to the October Reid research poll, 49% support National. John Key polled 41% as perferred leader compared to Norman at 2.4%.
    Are you casting an aspersion across a significant percentage of the population?

  5. TraceyS says:

    Actually it was 263 comments not 362. A minor detail. But you chose one of the most extreme to quote here in support of your claim that the Prime Minister and his supporters are geese. Shows how obtuse you are in the art of vehement, biased exaggeration, and false expectation that the “geese” won’t (or can’t) do their homework.

    Why didn’t you pick one of the other comments? Did you read them all? Did you read the following ones:

    (From: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10795790)

    “Bernard, your commentary seems to ignore the global recession in 2008 and the flow on impacts and the earthquakes in Christchurch. The money to resolve these is coming from debt and the general global economic malaise is impacting buyer confidence. Labour did not experience either of these in its last term in government.” (92 likes) or this one:

    “Bernard, this article is full of holes large enough to drive bus through, it also contradicts and corrects itself in a number of occasions. I understand that you’re being provocative so that you get larger numbers to your website (therefore increasing your personal income), but you come across as a rambling, angry, and bitter Labour supporter. You’ve got another 2 and a half years of rants to go, I hope you have a lot of material. It is about time you gave ideas on how to make this country a better place than just throw stones.” (258 likes) or this one:

    “All I see Bernard is the play out of the previous Labour Governments policies and the hit the country has taken from the recession. Working for families, student loans should be overhauled, all treaty claims should be halted until the country gets back on its feet, collecting the dole etc should be screened and those able to work should be made to work. Don’t tell me there aren’t jobs avaiable in this country as there are plenty.(Just look how the couple in Nelson managed to save $70k in six years for a deposit on a house). It’s not the tax collected Bernard that is the problem, it is how our pathetic bunch of pollies over the last decade have spent it.” (270 likes)

    No. I don’t think you read them. You would have skipped over the plausible and reasonable ones looking for opinions which polarise rather than analyze.

  6. Mr E says:

    Yep silence. I wonder if this was one of those ‘damning’ statments?

  7. TraceyS says:

    He’s goosed.

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