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Dec. 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM   |   Comments

Top words of 2012: 'Broga,' 'Fiscal Cliff'

LONDON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- London-based CollinsDictionary.com has released its top words of 2012, including "Superstorm," "Gangnam Style" and "Fiscal Cliff."

The website picked one top word for each month of the year, starting with "broga," a combination of bro and yoga used to describe yoga geared toward men.

February's word was "legbomb," a word invented online to describe a photo of Angelina Jolie posing with her leg jutting out of her high-slit dress at the Academy Awards.

"Eurogeddon," describing the economic situation in countries using the Euro, was March's word, while April had "Mummy Porn," a phrase invented to describe erotic literature such as the "50 Shades of Grey" book series.

May saw the advent of the term "Zuckered," named for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg when the website's shares plummeted following its initial public offering, and June was marked by "Jubilympics," a term for British excitement surrounding both the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The rest of the words of the year were "Romneyshambles," a British term for former presidential candidate Mitt Romney's gaffes while visiting London; "Games Makers," a term for London's team of Olympic volunteers; "47 Percent," referring to Romney's comments about how 47 percent of U.S. voters would back President Barack Obama because they are dependent on the government; "Superstorm," the distinction given to Hurricane Sandy; "Gangnam Style," a song by South Korean musician Psy that has become YouTube's most viewed video of all time; and "Fiscal Cliff," a decrease in government spending and an increase in taxes that some fear could put the U.S. economy back into recession.


Britain releases 'zombie' plan

LONDON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Britain's Ministry of Defense responded to a Freedom of Information request by saying stopping an attack from the undead would be left to the Cabinet Office.

The tongue-in-cheek response to an FoI request from a member of the public states fighting off a zombie attack and handling the aftermath of such an invasion would be left to the Cabinet Office, as it handles coordinating emergency planning for the government, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

"In the event of an apocalyptic incident (e.g. zombies), any plans to rebuild and return England to its pre-attack glory would be led by the Cabinet Office, and thus any pre-planning activity would also taken place there," the defense ministry said.

"The Ministry of Defense's role in any such event would be to provide military support to the civil authorities, not take the lead. Consequently, the Ministry of Defense holds no information on this matter."


Australia's unwanted Xmas gifts go online

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Australian websites have been flooded with unwanted Christmas gifts for sale, including a car, a live parrot and a robotic bird.

The second-hand sale sites have been filling up with unwanted gifts since Christmas morning, with the Australian version of eBay boasting a Rav4 manual all-wheel-drive car being sold by someone in Merrylands for a starting bid of $15,027, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Wednesday.

Website Gumtree has a "super tame hand-raised'' Major Mitchell parrot described as an ''unwanted Christmas (present)" listed for $621 as well as a remote-controlled robotic bird with an asking price of $82.

Other items being sold on eBay and Gumtree with descriptions revealing them as unwanted Christmas gifts include a pair of Abercrombie and Fitch men's cargo jeans and a $103 David Jones gift card being sold for $82 because the seller does not "generally buy from" David Jones stores.

Meanwhile, a St. Vincent de Paul stall in Melbourne Central is allowing people with unwanted gifts to donate them to the needy. Volunteers said they have already received a set of chili-infused kebab sticks, a new popsicle maker set and a Thomas the Tank Engine ''pop-o-matic'' board game.


Christmas drunks keep Swedish police busy

JONKOPING, Sweden, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Police in Sweden said fights and other drunken behavior kept them busy during the night of Christmas.

Jonkoping police said they investigated 15 assault cases and 50 cases of public drunkenness Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, while Skane police said 27 assaults were reported and 19 people were detained for public drunkenness, The Local.se reported Wednesday.

"It's the same old Christmas mess every year, with so many people going out," Jonkoping police spokesman Jan Lagerqvist told the TT news agency.

Skane police spokesman Jimmy Modin said there were fewer incidents reported this year than last year.

"But there's still been quite a bit of drunkenness and mess. Just like a regular pay day," he said.

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