Why is a webpage about concessions called 'SOFT DOC'?

"Why Softdoc"?

This expression is my rhyming slang version of a term used by people at the Department of Conservation's Glenorchy field centre in the mid to late 1990s when I worked there as a hut warden.

The meaning and etymology of the underlying expression will be well known to many current and former employees of the Department of Conservation. It is a sibling expression to "shiny arsed seat warmer". Its meaning is 'inadequate, useless, not up to standard, lacking virility'.

I first used the term to describe the standard of environmental assessment carried out by the Otago Conservancy for the Harris Saddle shelter proposal.

Simon Johnson


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