Helengrad makes the dictionary

January 15th, 2008 at 8:39 am by David Farrar

Heh, Helengrad has been listed as a word in in the latest edition of Australia’s largest online dictionary, says the Dom Post.

The dictionary reference is here:

Helengrad
noun NZ Colloquial (humorous) Wellington, seen as controlled by the government of Prime Minister Helen Clark. [Helen Clark + -grad common Russian ending meaning `town']
 
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57 Responses to “Helengrad makes the dictionary”

  1. redbus (106 comments) says:

    hahahahahah.

    Legendary.

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  2. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    gee..dpf..

    do you think you will ever do a story on the rapidly unwinding american economy..?

    and the likely effects on us here..?

    or is ‘the word’ from natty hq..

    not to scare the punters..?..

    in the future your archives will be a telling example of willfully ignoring/distorting the realities we all face..?

    and just more ‘plays’ on ‘helengrad’..eh..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

    [DPF: It's pretty well covered in the media. And you must be mad if you think that National HQ (apart form the fact they have no say on anything I blog) would not want economic bad news covered. Oppositions do better when the economy tanks. Anyway I'll cover it when I find some interesting angle on it. I am not a news service. I am a blogger who covers things I find interesting]

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  3. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    bah..!

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  4. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    gee phil, you got a wun trak mind?

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  5. vto (1,131 comments) says:

    fascists in helengrad,
    born to be bad,

    encourage the dope,
    and put up the fags,

    get the bosses,
    and the bankers,

    and especially all those,
    fucking rich wankers,

    just do everything,
    stick ya nose in,

    tear their guts out,
    give us more gin,

    stick a sticker on yer car,
    get the young thieves,

    maori in waitara big black and tats,
    shut up now please

    (moi, post-’99 election and still applicable imho. to be read in a forceful manner almost spitting out the words)

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  6. Brownie () says:

    You gotta certain Tupac thing going, vto….. errr….. hopefully with out the bullets and death thing though

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  7. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    But the dictionary leaves so much background out, failing to mention the quite scary amounts of latent anger and vitriol that usually go hand in hand with use of ‘Helengrad’**… I mean, just look at vto above!

    (**not to mention all the other equally witty efforts like Klark, Crazy Klark, Krazy Klark, Hulun, Kullen, socialist bastards etc etc)

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  8. ghostwhowalks (377 comments) says:

    I hear a shark was sighted at Omaha beach , the holiday home of John Key ( when hes not overseas!!)

    Maybe that could be Keys new moniker : Sharkey

    [DPF: off topic 10 demerits]

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  9. vto (1,131 comments) says:

    yes there was some anger at the time of penning, mostly due to the envious nature of the labour govt policies (esp. putting up the top tax rate when there was absolutely no need whatsoever to do so, other than to placate some of their envious voter base (btw, that tax rate was n.a. to me)).

    And I still get angry at the philosophy and attitude behind so many of this govts policies.

    Dont worry, anger well under control.

    Peace

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  10. David Baigent (172 comments) says:

    ghostwhowalks = ghostwhostalks..

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  11. redbus (106 comments) says:

    It might have been Key swimming around with him nose above the water surface… Easy mistake.

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  12. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    Danger Will Robinson! Threadjack in progress!

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  13. Grant (444 comments) says:

    Is his nose big then redbus?
    G

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  14. ghostwhowalks (377 comments) says:

    The TV news cameras went up to Omaha beach to show the teeth marks in the boat.
    Funny no news cameras were able to capture a Key interview for his condolences after Sir Eds death.
    There was only a bland statement , similar to that of the Reserve bank governor.
    The same statement was used by all news outlets. Indicating no one had any thing different from the 3 sentences at Keys blog
    http://www.johnkey.co.nz
    Notice the little HR logo, yes paid for by taxpayers

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  15. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    It might have been Key swimming around with him nose above the water surface… Easy mistake.

    Redbus: Um, you might want to shut the fuck up before you get into a particularly nasty sewer.

    (**not to mention all the other equally witty efforts like Klark, Crazy Klark, Krazy Klark, Hulun, Kullen, socialist bastards etc etc)

    Fair(-ish) point as far as it goes, but I don’t think the lefty trolls around here are securely on the moral high ground either.

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  16. JK (2 comments) says:

    Great stuff – poor helen and this just after the aussie’s said she looked more like a bloke in an ad campaign

    And it wasn’t even the Herald that outed the story…

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  17. John Dalley (394 comments) says:

    Good point GWW. Must be that John “Sharkey” Key forgot he is leader of the opposition and showed his lack of respect to Sir ED.

    As for Helengrad, Grad meaning home must mean she will not be giving “Her” home up to National next elections.

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  18. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    how many stories has dpf done on that..?..adolf..?

    s.f.a..eh..?

    the irrefutable fact is that things are unutterably grim..

    and only going to get grimmer..

    and (with the size of his audience..

    he has a duty/responsibility to tell people what they need to know..

    not doing so is a clear dereliction of that responsibility/duty..

    and yeah..!..adolf..

    i’ll stand up for the ‘one-track mind’ description..

    the fact is adolf..that i have been banging on about this for nearly two years..

    passing on the warnings/markers..as they have come past..

    here..it is only a matter of weeks since the mainstream media even mentioned ‘sub-prime’ ..for the first time..

    this is an absence of duty/responsibility on their part..that is bordering on criminal..

    that this is all coming as ‘news’ to most new zealanders..

    and the pollies know what is coming down..

    why do you think cullen always qualifies his tax-promises with the ‘outside/international influences’ line..?

    all the while with that little smile playing about his lips..

    and dpf..in his self-censorship on this isssue..

    is equally culpable..

    and in hindsight..

    will be seen as just that..

    (and hey..!..whenever the others who should be issuing the heads-ups/warnings to new zealanders start doing so..

    i’ll shut up about it..

    ’till then..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  19. Inventory2 (10,342 comments) says:

    Ghostwhothreadjacks – wtf does John Key’s views on Sir Ed’s passing have to do with the term “Helengrad”? Stick to the subject lad, stick to the subject!

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  20. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    Funny no news cameras were able to capture a Key interview for his condolences after Sir Eds death.

    Um, what’s your point Ghostie? Must admit I’ve been avoiding the post-mortem media, but I don’t really think the Hillary family is spending a lot of time running word counts over the newspapers and sitting in front of the TV and radio with a stopwatch.

    John Key issued a brief but appropriate statement on behalf of the New Zealand National Party, and I guess if he’d been demanding face time on the six o’clock news you’d be accusing him of pimping the death of a (gag) “Kiwi icon” for his own political ends.

    Get a frigging life, Ghostie – preferably your own.

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  21. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    Good point GWW. Must be that John “Sharkey” Key forgot he is leader of the opposition and showed his lack of respect to Sir ED.

    Who would have guessed Ghostie and Dalley were a pair of media size queens? Ooooh, lets get John and Helen out the back and compare column inches….

    Pathetic and more than a little tacky, boys.

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  22. PaulL (5,987 comments) says:

    philu: dpf has no duty whatsoever to spend any time on topics that he doesn’t feel like it. You have your own blog, spend your own time on it. Oh, let me guess, nobody comes to read your drivel, so you’re getting lonely?

    John Dalley/GWW/redbus: wasting our time again? Who gives a flying fuck where John Key is or what sort of statement he issued? Are you hoping if you run a beat up for long enough it will turn into something? I completely agree with the Helengrad/Klark etc being a bit childish, I would suggest that prattling on about sharks and where John Key might spend his holidays is equally childish. However, comments of that nature reflect only on the commenter, not on the broader portion of the political spectrum they are part of.

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  23. ghostwhowalks (377 comments) says:

    CR sweetie, its a slow news time, if Key was at Omaha, and I’m convinced he’s NOT, there would have been an interview at his ‘San Simeon`’.
    Or maybe its skiing at Vail this year.

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  24. redbus (106 comments) says:

    “Funny no news cameras were able to capture a Key interview for his condolences after Sir Eds death.”

    He was on the coverage on the day of Sir Ed’s death, though he was out of the country so he was speaking via his phone. Still, I haven’t seen any film of it.

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  25. ghostwhowalks (377 comments) says:

    Speaking via his phone, nothing wrong with that.
    Thay happened to mention he was speaking from…?

    I thought not.
    The heartland tour before Xmas, was enough for Sharkey. No need to actually spend time in Taupo, or nelson or Marlborough or even Queenstown.

    No its the second ‘holiday’ overseas this year, for the state house kid, Plus the trip to London and Wall street .

    You would think he was allready PM

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  26. Bok (740 comments) says:

    Graig
    I have to take issue with you on this one. GWW is absolutely correct. I think it is a disgrace that John Key has still not learnt from watching hellen inHelengrad. For god sake man. Using some-one else’s achievements and death for political grandstanding is absolutely vital. Helen and co would never squander an opportunity like this. John should be ashamed of simply making a dignified comment and then leaving the family and NZ to grieve without the photo ops. Shame on you John. In helengrad respect is a swear word. Decency is for the rich pricks,

    And for goodness sake. How dare John have a holiday in Omaha.The Helengrad example has to be followed. Why did he not get on a plane increasing the carbon output to go for a ski in the northern Hemisphere? Just not good enough.

    GWW – your stupidity makes my day every day. It is better than watching South Park, although not as intellectual or though provoking.

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  27. Bok (740 comments) says:

    Phil still keen on Byron Radio?

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  28. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    Still, I haven’t seen any film of it.

    Yes, I’m pretty sure footage of a cellphone would make stunning television.

    Or maybe its skiing at Vail this year.

    And Ghostie, typical weapon of mass distraction but I can’t stroke the indignation gland at the notion that not every politician spends every minute of the summer recess glued to their cellphones. Clark herself spends a good chunk of the season skiing (or hiking or whatever the hell float her boat) in parts of the world much less accessible than a resort town like Vail. I’m sure Clark is thanking her lucky stars she wasn’t off the grid when Sir Ed died, but you’re really being pathetic and tacky. And, as usual, you just don’t know when to stop making a fool of yourself.

    Still, Ghostie, I have to admit you’re a well-balanced chap — a chip on both shoulders.

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  29. ghostwhowalks (377 comments) says:

    By the way Bok, its a lovely day here in Ghostistan

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  30. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    GWW you fancy John Key don’t you?

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  31. redbus (106 comments) says:

    Yes, I think it was Fiji. Why does it matter?

    Craig, har har. What I meant by that was that I have yet to see him pop up in the coverage about it on TV with film.

    Let the man enjoy his time with his family before he enters the electioneering phase, stuffs up, then ruins his political career.

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  32. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    GWW you fancy John Key don’t you?

    Thank you, Lee. Time to dust off the eye bath and bottle of battery acid, ’cause I don’t want to see that picture any more. :(

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  33. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Craig desist withthe battery acid there are plenty of wonderful things still to see ater the taint of this has become but a distant memory.
    I’ve trying to fathom the basis of this apparent from GWW obsession, that’s all.
    We’ve had his fond imaginings of JK in ski-gear, frolicking in waves, and even how he uses his cell. Just an observation.
    Perhaps this is GWW’s big day out?
    Maybe he doesn’t get out very often?

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  34. 3-coil (1,220 comments) says:

    GWW – Helen did agonize about going to the Northern hemisphere for her Christmas holiday cos it was known that Sir Ed’s time was near.

    She chose the cross-country skiing trip in Norway.

    You don’t seem to be dribbling on about that – why not?

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  35. ghostwhowalks (377 comments) says:

    Thanks for mentioning Helens cross counry skiing trip – to Norway.
    We know where helen goes, its no big secret, the actual town may be kept quiet for security reasons.

    But Shar-key doesnt let on where he has gone for his hols, he only has to be upfront ( a big ask) and we can get back to word plays on …key.
    ( and I claim credit for Sharkey if it sticks)

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  36. vto (1,131 comments) says:

    where did you go for your hols GWW?

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  37. ghostwhowalks (377 comments) says:

    The AA has new holiday atlas:

    Cullengrad – was Napier

    Cartergrad – was Palm Beach

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  38. 3-coil (1,220 comments) says:

    GWW – I guess it’s obvious now that John Key has to be very careful about revealing his whereabouts too. It will be for “security reasons” to thwart bent stalkers, like….you.

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  39. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    Dear Ghostie – predictable as the tide. Now he’s just making shit up: Helen Clark doesn’t announce where she’s taking her summer holidays and nobody (well, no sane person) expects her to. I’ve just checked how many North Shore based MPs (four Nats, three Labour and one Green by my count) bothered running a public notice announcing their holiday plans to a breathless community.

    I think everyone except Ghostie can guess the answer?

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  40. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Why would you want to know, unless you wanted to accidentally bump into them and just rap about politics?

    Or horror of horror. Imagine the scene.
    You find you are trapped in a log cabin for a week after an avalanche. You work out things aren;t too bad, you have enough food for a week and a solar-powered radio. It is a matter of time before you are rescued. Then there is a bang on the window. You manage to form enough of a hole to assist the hapless lost soul to safety.
    Imagine your dismay when you find out is none other than roger gnome!

    Talk about pass me the razors….

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  41. calendar girl (1,242 comments) says:

    DPF: GWW (9.25am) was awarded 10 demerit points for his first off-topic comment.

    Since then, despite a general debate facility that he could use, he has added four more off-topic comments on his same chosen theme – John Key’s holiday location – and has successfully diverted this thread. It seems that he is prepared to snub your demerits policy and act with impunity.

    When you get a chance to go through the post-9.25am postings, could you please let us know whether you think that your demerit system covers this level of deliberate disruption?

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  42. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    If one can comment on the economy The stars are in alignment for the Nats. IMHO expect interests rates to rise the currency to fall inflation to increase and all peaking about the time of the elections. Middle NZ will face 10% plus morgage rates $2 a litre petrol 3% plus inflation.

    Bye Bye Socialists for at least a decade

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  43. vto (1,131 comments) says:

    yes and helengrad leaves a bung economy.

    btw, what has helengrad achieved for the economy?

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  44. vto (1,131 comments) says:

    and don’t trot out stats etc that are the result of the ‘successful policies of the past’ which helengrad, for obvious reason, has left unchanged.

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  45. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Well I for one would like to see Ash vegas renamed as Shipleyville.

    But to be a true monument to the spirit of 90’s National Government privatisation, they should probably sell naming rights, e.g.
    PWC Shipleyville, or
    Enron Shipleyville, or
    Capital&Merchant Shipleyville

    or the like!

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  46. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Calendar girl guilty as charged. with apologies.
    On-topic – It is interesting that ‘Helengrad’ is now part of the language. Like many such monikers, it is clever and subversive, and just witty enough to be partly ‘true’ in peoples’ minds as a satrirical device.
    The inference I alsways take from it is that it likens Wellington to ‘Stalingrad’. And by inference Helen to the character. It suggests that Helen is of a dictatorial nature, and that whe has a close grip on all party propaganda. It also suggests the idea of a closed shop for the priviledged party faithful to ply their wares, while the hapless proles beneath them have to just grin and bear it. It suggests the existence of a planned, transition from one state into another, in which the supremem commander holds all the power, but of course in the name of ‘the workers’. Finally it has links to the idea of ‘the seige’ of Stalingrad, and the sense that the leader is in a fortress, against which hapless opponents spend themselves, trying inneffectively to prize the encumbent out. But she ain’t having it!

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  47. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    bok..

    yep..!

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  48. baxter (893 comments) says:

    LEE C You sum it up exactly , far more so than the Aussie Dictionary, and it aint funny.

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  49. Max Call (212 comments) says:

    you cant complain about the trolls if you keep feeding them ;-)

    anyway…
    what Baxter said

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  50. Mr Bestertester (17 comments) says:

    I am sure i saw a damn good war movie fought in helengrad between two snipers. It could have worse, helen , words spring to mind like heliar, helencrap, old witchy, ,she didnt come from the same great place,Sir Ed, came from, helengrad is just the home of posers, liars and general garbage.

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  51. Mr Bestertester (17 comments) says:

    Helengrad hopefully like stalingrad will disappear and this party of queer lying loose cannons,will be voted out and piss off and our country will have real pride again , WINNERS ,PEOPLE WHO DO THINGS, PRIDE ,and not be run by weird lying power bitches.

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  52. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    besterjester..

    been holding that in for a while..?..eh..?

    and..and..and..

    careful with those caps locks..eh..?

    they bite..!

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  53. Mr Bestertester (17 comments) says:

    phil, no, fuck just push shift down, in clark/davis case ,delete ,and other nasty words spring to mind.

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  54. Thrash Cardiom (298 comments) says:

    VTO: (moi, post-’99 election and still applicable imho. to be read in a forceful manner almost spitting out the words)

    You mean like Rick in The Young Ones?

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  55. vto (1,131 comments) says:

    ha ha thrash, sort of. Combine that with a rich-hating kiwi slob and you’ll have it.

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  56. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    dpf said..re his total absence of stories on the rapidly unravelling american/global economies..

    “..[DPF: It’s pretty well covered in the media..”

    (should we all pause for a resounding belly-laugh around about now..?..)

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  57. Jum (137 comments) says:

    Lee C

    Witty!!!!!!!!!

    Bestertester

    Witless

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