A season of protests in Turkey
Lack of democratic voice is only a foil; the economic hardships of recent years, too, have angered citizens
When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the protesters in the streets of Istanbul plunderers (çapulcu) on 2 June, he contributed a new verb to the English language. A video clip of the resistance—titled “Everyday I’m chapuling"—hit the Internet on 4 June with new lyrics written on the pop song “Everyday I’m Shuffling". And the new English verb was born: to chapul. Soon after, the word moved to the French language and found a place among such words as liberté, egalité, and fraternité: chapulité.