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- noun Plural form of
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The rapid development of a range of printed materials for a steadily growing colonial readership and use gave New Zealandisms, old and new, a permanent home.
If the writing in question deals with specifically New Zealand themes and topics, the use of New Zealandisms is natural enough.
The Heinemann New Zealand Dictionary, ed. Harry Orsman (1979, 2nd ed. 1989), was a landmark publication, the first work to integrate New Zealandisms with the main body of English words to create a general purpose New Zealand dictionary.
The recently published Macquarie Dictionary, though claiming to be primarily a dictionary of Australian English, is also rich in New Zealandisms.
New Zealand speech seems to be changing rapidly (even to me now in the pronunciation of the young New Zealander learn sounds like loon and loon is heading towards lean), so that it is not surprising that I am unfamiliar with some items noted as New Zealandisms in the Macquarie Dictionary.