An English friend who lives in New Zealand has introduced me to such a great word: munted.

She used the slang, which means ‘damaged beyond repair’, to describe Christchurch after the earthquake.

Apparently everyone latched on to it as an appropriate adjective, according to this blogger, who bemoans the fact that the word was cool in the 1990s but has since lost its impact from being used by everyone from the prime minister to maiden aunts.

My Oxford English Dictionary describes ‘munt’ as offensive slang in South Africa but I think the Kiwi version of ‘ruined’ is a much more satisfying alternative, don’t you?