Language to avoid in Parliament

by Toby Manhire / 11 December, 2013
Including hypnotised rabbits, idle vapourings, and the Mt Eden sewer.
A page at the New Zealand parliamentary website helpfully collects examples of “unparliamentary language”, sourced via the New Zealand Parliamentary Debates.

In the interests of parliamentary democracy and base amusement, here they are:

1933

“Blow-fly minded“

“Financial Frankenstein“

“Shrewd old bird“

1936

“Fungus farmer“

“Pipsqueak“

“Stonewalling“

1943

“Members hated the sight of khaki“

“Retardate worm“

1946

“Clown of the House“

“Idle vapourings of a mind diseased“

“I would cut the honourable gentleman's throat if I had the chance“

“Quasi-parsonical“

“Skite“

1949

“His brains could revolve inside a peanut shell for a thousand years without touching the sides“

“Hoey“

“Humbugs“

“Hypnotised rabbits“

1954

“Bluebird“

1957

“Kind of animal that gnaws holes“

“Trained seals“

1959

“Kookaburra“

“Member not fit to lick the shoes of the Prime Minister“

1963

“Energy of a tired snail returning home from a funeral“

“Member a vicious woman“

“Sits on his behind“

1966

“Labour Party is dominated by an outside body“

“Shut up yourself, you great ape“

“Snotty nosed little boy“

“You are a cheap little twerp“

“Ridiculous mouse“

1969

“Commo” (allowed)

“Duck shoving“

“Like a snail leaves a slime behind him“

1974

“Scuttles for his political funk hole” (allowed)

“Soft-soaping” (allowed)

“Could go down the Mount Eden sewer and come up cleaner than he went in“

“Dreamed the bill up in the bath“

“Greasy hands“

“Grubby little man“

“Intestinal fortitude“

“Low style“

“Mealy mouthed“

“Slinking off to another part of the House“

“Frustrated warlord“

1977

“John Boy“

“Silly old moo“

“Racist“

“Sober up“

1980

“Ayatollah“

“Ditch the bitch“

“Fascist dictator“

“Heil Zeig“

“Marxist or neo-Marxist“

“Member for Pretoria“

“Merv the Swerve“

“Papanui Parrot“

“Quigley Wiggly“

“The Arapawa Goat“
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