'Chapulling': term coined from Turkey protests

Article published on June 5, 2013
Article published on June 5, 2013

The enraged Italians embraced the accusation that they were 'choosy' after a minister described them as such, in English, early this year. In Turkey, there has been a similar delirious and timely reaction to the Turkish prime minister's jibe that the initially peaceful protesters of a small green space in the central Taskim square were çapulcu, or 'worthless'. For Recep Tayyip Erdogan, protesters are 'looters', and the state's police force has been cracking down on them for five consecutive days from 1 June.  Unlike 'choosy' though, this time the people have anglicised the word into 'chapulling', which had made it into its very own wikipedia page. Forget the mantra 'everyday we're hustling' - this is about 'everyday we're çapuling' (Image: (cc) Erginbilgin/ wikimedia)