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Vatican Roulette

Another name for the rhythm method of birth control.

Called so because it is the only form of contraception endorsed by the Catholic Church.

"Well, the Pope says condoms are out, and the pill is born of the fires of Hell. So get out the calendar, baby, it's time for Vatican roulette."

Source: Urban Dictionary

See also: Condomania


Hit Me UpThe internet acronym “Hit Me Up” or HMU as it became to be known, went from being a relatively unknown term in 2009 to one of the most popular trends of 2010. HMU was literally unheard of in 2009, many instances attributed to user error. In May 2009, it was averaging 20 mentions a day, doubling each month to be mentioned in about 1,600 posts a day by the end of the year. Even though it grew quite substantially, it failed to make last years list.

Source: The next Web


A computer hacker who breaks into systems to further an activist agenda.
Example Citation:"Members of the Hong Kong Blondes, a covert group, claim to have gotten into Chinese military computers and to have temporarily shut down a communications satellite last year in a 'hacktivist' protest. 'The ultimate aim is to use hacktivism to ameliorate human rights conditions,' says Oxblood Ruffin, a member of the Toronto-based Cult of the Dead Cow (, one of the oldest hacker groups in North America, who serves as unofficial spokesman for the having-more-fun Blondes."
—Bay Fang, "Chinese 'hacktivists' spin a Web of trouble," U.S. News & World Report
Source: Word Spy


The expression, a neologism coined by analogy with the term Armageddon, has been used by President Obama to call the snow storm that shut down Washington at the beginning of February. With the same meaning it is possible to find the term “snowpocalypse”.
L’espressione, neologismo coniato per analogia con il termine Armageddon, è stata utilizzata dal Presidente Obama per definire la tempesta di neve che si è abbattuta su Washington all’inizio di febbraio. Con lo stesso significato è possibile trovare anche il termine snowpocalypse.
Source: Englishfor


The term, a blend between “stay” and “vacation”, refers to the trend of spending vacation at home to save money.


Discutibile italianizzazione dell’acronimo americano “staycation”, da “stay” e “vacation”. Viene utilizzato quando si pianifica una vacanza stanziale con attività da turisti. Esempio: prendere il sole restando nella propria città.

fonte: Wired

source: Englishfor
See also: New edition of ODE


The usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase; especially : the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context.
Origin  Mrs. Malaprop, character noted for her misuse of words in R. B. Sheridan's comedy The Rivals (1775) First Known Use: 1849
Source: Merriam-Webster

Jobs you didn't know you could do with a language

What jobs are out there for people with language skills? ‘Teacher’ or ‘translator’ are usually top of this list when you ask people that question, and there is a common misconception that these are the only jobs you can do. Wrong!

Here follows just some of the interesting jobs where languages are specifically required:
Video games tester – playing video games to test that they say the right words in the correct language.
Private jet sales executive – selling private jets, or fractional ownership of them, to high net worth individuals across Europe.

Football analyst – watching and analysing the latest European football matches and producing reports on the failures and successes of the team in different languages.These are passed onto traders to aid investors in betting more successfully.
International assignment manager – working for a large international company to help colleagues re-locate from country to country.

Luxury yacht sales manager – Selling yearly memberships tothe rich and famo…

Big Society

“A political concept whereby a significant amount of responsibility for the running of a society’s services is devolved to local communities and volunteers.”

The phrase was coined by Prime Minister David Cameron, who said in July: “The big society ... is about liberation – the biggest, most dramatic redistribution of power from elites in Whitehall to the man and woman on the street.” David Cameron spells out how his vision of a 'Big Society' could address Britain's problems.
David Cameron's big idea of the campaign is the "big society". This was launched with some fanfare at the end of March at an event in London, and made it into the Conservative manifesto. Three weeks later, it was being buried by Cameron's colleagues, one of whom said, "We need to turn Oliver Letwin's Hegelian dialectic into voter-friendly stuff." (Letwin, chairman of the Conservative Research Department, has a PhD in philosophy.)That shadow minister meant to dismis…