Best quotes of 2013

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From Aaron Gil­more’s ‘‘d..khead’’ quote to Mau­rice Wil­liamson’s ‘‘big gay rain­bow’’, Massey Univer­sity’s quote of the year short­list is a cat­a­logue of some of the most mem­o­rable one-liners of 2013.

Oth­ers to fea­ture on the list were Lorde, Eleanor Cat­ton, Kim Dot­com and John Key.

Massey Univer­sity speech- writ­ing spe­cial­ist Dr Heather Ka­van said singer­song­writer Lorde’s ‘‘ I’m not a spread­sheet with hair’’ was pow­er­ful be­cause it helped dis­pel the myth that it’s okay to judge peo­ple by their mone­tary value, rather than by their unique abil­i­ties.

‘‘I think this is a myth many peo­ple would love to see dis­pelled,’’ she said.

Politi­cians fea­tured promi­nently again for the award now in its third year, with seven dif­fer­ent lines from Cab­i­net min­is­ter Mau­rice Wil­liamson’s speech on gay mar­riage nom­i­nated.

‘‘They were all great quotes and it was dif­fi­cult to choose be­tween them,’’ Ms Ka­van said.

‘‘In the end we chose the gay rain­bow quote be­cause the speech be­came known as the gay rain­bow speech.’’

Quotes from politi­cians tend to dom­i­nate the list be­cause they get a lot of pub­lic­ity.

‘‘With some of the quotes, es­pe­cially the ones in which Kim Dot­com and Win­ston Peters ques­tion the prime min­is­ter, there is also an el­e­ment of plea­sure at see­ing some­one in a su­pe­rior po­si­tion ques­tioned.’’

Ms Ka­van and her judg­ing panel nar­rowed down sev­eral dozen en­tries nom­i­nated through­out the year by Massey stu­dents and the gen­eral pub­lic to a top 10.

Con­text and mem­o­ra­bil­ity were im­por­tant judg­ing cri­te­ria, she said.

To vote for the 2013 Quote of the Year, visit Massey Univer­sity’s Face­book page.

Vot­ing closes at 5pm on De­cem­ber 19, with the win­ner an­nounced De­cem­ber 20.

The fi­nal­ists for the 2013 New Zealand Quote Of The Year are:

‘‘If there was a d..khead that night, it was me.’’ – then-MP Aaron Gil­more re­flect­ing on how he got in­tox­i­cated and called a waiter a ‘‘d..khead’’ at the Her­itage Ho­tel in Han­mer Springs.

‘‘Why are you go­ing red, prime min­is­ter?’’ – In­ter­net en­tre­pre­neur Kim Dot­com at the par­lia­men­tary in­quiry into the GCSB spy­ing on New Zealand res­i­dents.

‘‘I’m not, why are you sweat­ing?’’ – John Key’s re­ply.

‘‘The GCSB, the only gov­ern­ment depart­ment that will ac­tu­ally lis­ten to you.’’ – Ori­gin un­known but re­peated on so­cial me­dia.

‘‘Male writ­ers tend to get asked what they think and women what they feel.’’ – Man Booker prize win­ning nov­el­ist, New Zealand’s Eleanor Cat­ton.

‘‘I’m not a spread­sheet with hair’’ – Auck­land singer/song­writer Lorde.

‘‘What didn’t he know and when didn’t he know it?’’ – NZ First leader Win­ston Peters query­ing Key’s knowl­edge of the Par­lia­men­tary Ser­vice’s ac­tions.

‘ ‘ In New Zealand no­body takes you se­ri­ously un­less you can make them yawn.’’ – au­thor James McNeish at the Auck­land Writ­ers and Read­ers Fes­ti­val.

‘‘That lit­tle ball of fluff you own is a nat­u­ral born killer.’’ – Econ­o­mist Gareth Mor­gan’s Cats to Go cam­paign web­site.

‘‘He’s an ex­traor­di­nar­ily lucky cat.’’ – Massey Univer­sity ve­teri­nary sur­geon Dr Jonathan Bray af­ter re­mov­ing a cross­bow bolt from the head of Wainuiomata cat Moomoo.

‘‘One of the mes­sages that I had was that this bill was the cause of our drought. Well, in the Paku­ranga elec­torate this morn­ing it was pour­ing with rain. We had the most enor­mous big gay rain­bow across my elec­torate.’’ – Cab­i­net min­is­ter Mau­rice Wil­liamson in his speech to Par­lia­ment sup­port­ing the gay mar­riage law.

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