Armageddon to wet lettuce: The phrases that defined 2022

PARIS: A year of extraordinary upheaval, from the war in Ukraine to catastrophic natural disasters, AFP looks at some of the words and phrases that have defined 2022.
With the war in Ukraine and increasingly harsh threats from the Russian President Putin, the specter of nuclear war is lurking around the globe for the first time in decades. “We were not faced with the prospect of Apocalypse since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis” in 1962, US President Joe Biden warned in October. Experts have warned of the most dangerous situation they can remember, with fear. not limited to Russia: North Korea’s nuclear destructive power has reached new heights, with the world gearing up for its first nuclear test since 2017
At 6:30 p.m. on September 8, Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth, ending the longest reign in British history and shocking the world. For 10 days, the British pay their respects to the only king most people know, after a series of carefully choreographed rituals. The program of events, famously code-named “London Bridge”, details every aspect of the protocol – down to the BBC presenters wearing black ties. In this case, she died in Scotland, which means special provisions are in effect – Operation Unicorn.
World leaders and negotiators have arrived at the Egyptian Red Sea port of Sharm el-Sheikh for the latest United Nations summit (COP27) on tackling climate change. After an acrimonious summit, widely seen as poorly organized, an agreement was signed on a “loss and damage” fund to help vulnerable countries cope with the impact of the pandemic. devastating effects of climate change. Behind the institutional sounding name lies destruction for millions of people in the developing world. The COP summit was hailed as historic, but many expressed anger at the lack of ambition to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Hymns shouted by protesters in Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman is arrested by the Tehran ethics police. Protesters burned posters of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and women appeared in public without headscarves, in scenes unimaginable before the uprising. The protests have lasted three months and appear to pose an existential challenge to the clerical regime’s 43-year rule.
The little blue tick (actually white on a blue background), user confirmation on Twitter, has become a symbol of the chaos that engulfed the social media platform in the wake of the $44 acquisition. billion dollars of Elon Musk. The fickle Tesla boss has announced that anyone wanting the coveted blue tick will have to fork out eight dollars, which just hours later will cancel the plan. A month on from taking over, Twitter’s future remains uncertain, with thousands of employees laid off, advertisers leaving and its “free speech” platform extremely uncertain.
In a historic ruling, the conservative-dominated United States Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 “Roe v. Wade” decision honoring women’s right to abortion. The Supreme Court ruled that individual states could limit or ban the procedure – a decision seized upon by some right-leaning states. Protests erupted immediately in Washington and elsewhere, showing how the topic remains divisive in the United States. Overturning “Roe v. Wade” has become a key battle in the US midterm elections, in which pro-abortion-rights candidates have won a number of victories.
One of the “words of the year” in the UK and Australia, this phrase refers to minimum employment in the workplace, as a protest against your employer or to improve work-life balance. your life. The trend that has sparked debate about overwork, especially in the United States, appears to have first appeared in a TikTok post in July. “You’re not completely giving up on your job but you’re giving up on the idea of ​​going above and beyond,” the post went viral, garnering nearly half a million likes.
Like Shoes Liz nearing the end of her tumultuous and brief tenure as British prime minister, the Economist weekly mused that her effective tenure was “almost the shelf life of a lettuce”. The Daily Star tabloid jumped on the idea, launching a live web cam of the aforementioned vegetable – complete with glazed eyes – alongside a photo of the hapless Truss. Her term as prime minister lasted only 44 days and had a small budget that crashed markets and created extraordinary political upheavals. In the end, the lettuce won.
Environmental protesters seeking to draw attention to the role of fossil fuel consumption in the climate crisis threw tomato soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “Sunflowers” at London’s National Gallery in October, sparking a similar series of stunts. Since then, activists have smeared Claude Monet and glued their eyes to the works of Andy Warhol, Francisco Goya and Johannes Vermeer. To some, campaigners are brave heroes who bring attention to the climate emergency. For others, the attacks are counterproductive and invalidated by becoming widespread.
The protests that erupted in China, initially due to Covid restrictions but later expanded into broader political grievances, pose the biggest threat to the Beijing government since 2005. 1989. Protests in some areas became known as “A4” rallies when protesters held up white A4-size sheets of white paper as a sign of solidarity and agreement with the lack of freedom. by speech in China.


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