New Zealand English is missing two words

The Kiwis (as they happily call themselves) are great at slang. A sauvignon blanc is a sav, a pavlova is a pav, and a holiday house a bach. What a friendly place to spend two weeks.

But do you know what’s missing? They have no nicknames for the two great halves of their country: just stodgy “North Island” and “South Island”.

[5 December 2017]

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