Some Words of the Year 2010
The common name for the A(H1N1) virus.
Lesser Spotted Kate
Press nickname for Kate Middleton, based upon her (relatively) low profile.
Areas with no ethnic majority.
Where MPs switch the homes they nominate as their secondary
residence to claim expenses for more than one property.
Together For Ever
A suicide pact between a couple.
Describing the ‘feeling of audacity’ among US politicians during the banking collapse, David Brooks noted in The New York Times ‘Zeros have lost their meanings. The amount of consideration once devoted to a proposal costing $3 billion is now devoted to a proposal costing $300 billion. Americans have entered the age of budgetary infinity.’
Lassitude induced by the repeated failure of Middle East talks.
Critical assessment of Benedict XVI’s insular papacy.
Catchphrase of Aleksandr Orlov from CompareTheMeerkat.com.
PM for PM
The suggestion that Peter Mandelson might renounce
his peerage and become Prime Minister.
Also Kindly Pussycat
‘I don’t really see myself as a big beast’, Mandelson told The Guardian,
‘more as a kindly pussycat’. (Ed Miliband called him a ‘Benign Uncle’.)
Police strategy of crowd control through containment.
Expats who flee Dubai because of unemployment or debt.