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Jim Eagles: Expanding the travel lexicon

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Have you ever sat next to an armhog on the plane, had lunch with an insanitiser or suffered from obeseaty? They are among the dozens of entries in for our competition to find new words to described travel experiences.

It wasn't easy to choose the five winners, who will receive Lonely Planet guidebooks of their choice, but with the help of several Herald colleagues I whittled the entries down to:

Battle class: Area at the back of an aircraft where 100 people have to fight their way in and out of a space designed for 50.
- Jacqueline Thorley, Chatswood

Carry-on: Rage from the passenger who believes her wheelie bag, laptop bag, handbag, jacket and tote bag of food and water constitute one item.
- Prue Scott, Parnell

Obeseaty: Obese people who take over more than one seat.
- Catherine Benefield, Ellerslie (several others sent in similar entries)

Ear-sick: When you're on a long flight with got a non-stop talker next to you who carries on no matter how bored or non-communicative you look.
- Lisa Davys, Hamilton

Insanitiser: Person who is insanely pedantic about using hand sanitiser while travelling.
- Jenny Parke, Avondale

Other entries which made the final selection but didn't quite reach the top five include:

Tube-rculosis: The hacking cough, black snot and other symptoms you get after your first few days of travelling on the London tube.
- Rohani Alexander, Taradale

Armhog: The guy seated next to you who uses both armrests.
- Rodney Redhill, Cockle Bay

In-fright magazine: The airline's view of your own country that doesn't match anything you've ever seen.
- Prue Scott

Nagivator: The tour bus passenger who continually questions and directs the driver.
- Michael Fleck, Waiheke Island

Bums rush: When they call rows 14-28 and everyone joins the queue.
- Prue Scott

- NZ Herald

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