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A new term coined to describe the women martyrs of the Egyptian protests. (blend of woman and martyr). Source: Twitter #jan25 #tahrir many chants by women & girls praise wartyrs of #revolution

Twitter Revolution

The online social media have become so important in linking and mobilising activists that the uprising in Tunisia has gained the alternative title of Twitter Revolution. The name was earlier given to the events in Moldova and Iran in 2009 and all three have also been described as Facebook revolutions , though the name hasn’t stuck in the same way. It’s too early to say which, if any of them, will be identified in the history books as the Twitter Revolution. Source: Word Wide Words " I wouldn't know a twitter from a tweeter, but apparently it is very important ". H.Clinton Read also: #twitterrevolution reforming Egypt in 140 characters?, by Dennis Baron, The Web of Language Facebookistan

Nile Fever

Mass protests of Egyptian workers and youth in Cairo demanding democratic rights and decent living standards. Source: WSWS Read also:" How the War of Words Was Won in Cairo " by Ben Zimmer, NYTimes How do you tell a dictator to get lost? The answer, in Egypt, was with poetry, tech lingo, hieroglyphics and more.

Jasmine Revolution

Referred to the popular uprising in Tunisia that toppled the regime of President Ben Ali. In January 2011, a new term was added to the lexicon of politics and insurrection: Jasmine Revolution, referring to the popular uprising in Tunisia that toppled the regime of President Ben Ali. This is the most recent example of what have since 2005 been referred to as colour revolutions, which originally referred specifically to the changes of government in authoritarian former Soviet-bloc countries. Source: World Wide Words


An inexpensive, low-quality cappuccino, particularly one from a vending machine; a cappuccino made from brewed or instant coffee. Also: cheappuccino. [Blend of "cheap" and "cappuccino"] Notes: The word " cappuccino" comes from the Capuchin monks , who were noted for wearing a robe that included a sharp-pointed hood, called a capuche . Legend has it that a monk named Marco d'Aviano invented the cappuccino in Vienna when the Turkish army broke of its siege of that city and left behind sacks of coffee so bitter that the monks had to cut it with milk to drink it. The resulting beverage was about the same color as the monk's brown robes, too, so that may also have had something to do with the name. Source: Word Spy


The application of economics to explore and improve relationships. Writing for The Daily Beast , Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson offered the following advice for improving one’s sex life – “Make it affordable”: " Let’s explain. All that stuff about foreplay and romance? That stuff takes time and energy. And if it’s one thing today’s couples don’t have in excess it’s time and energy. We just wrote a book about this very topic. It’s called Spousonomics, and it looks at ways economics can help people improve their relationships." Source: " How Can Economics Improve a Marriage? Ask the Authors of Spousonomics ", by Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics, NYTimes The Daily Beast Schott's Vocab


A person who has the same name as you, and whose online references are mixed in with yours when you run a Google search on your name. Blend of: Google-ganger. [Google + doppelgänger] Example Citations: The point is, when you Google yourself, it's a bit of a blow to your ego when you discover that: A) your name isn't unique, and B) other people have done more with it than you. These are your so-called Googlegangers, from the German "doppelgänger." — Casey Phillips, "Reflections in an online mirror ," Chattanooga Times Free Press, April 16, 2010 Source: WordSpy

Terminology in the changing world of translation

After the success of the first conference in 2010, this year TermCoord has decided to start the series of conferences with one that will give to the translators the opportunity to acquire a clear knowledge of the role that terminology can play in the EU’s legislative procedure. For this first conference entitled “ Terminology in Legislative Procedures ”, two professors will deal with two aspects: terminology as part of multilingualism and terminology on the web. This conference will take place on Monday, 28th of March in the Schuman Hemicycle, European Parliament, Luxembourg. Programme of the Legal Conference Terminology Coordination European Parliament