Posted by: Idioma Extra | January 4, 2011

The Weird and the Wonderful


Witchcraft declared legal profession in Romania

http://www.msnbc.msn.com

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania has changed its labor laws to officially recognize witchcraft as a profession, prompting one self-described witch to threaten retaliation.

The move, which went into effect Saturday, is part of the government’s drive to crack down on widespread tax evasion in a country that is in recession.

In addition to witches, astrologists, embalmers, valets and driving instructors are now considered by labor law to be working real jobs, making it harder for them to avoid income tax.

For months the measure had been debated, protested by witches and mocked by the media.

On Saturday, a witch called Bratara told Realitate.net, the website of a top TV station, that she plans to cast a spell using black pepper and yeast to create discord in the government.

Word of the Day

Mock
\ˈmäk, ˈmȯk\
Verb
Origin: Middle English, from moker
First Known Use: 15th century
transitive verb
1: to treat with contempt or ridicule: deride
2: to disappoint the hopes of
3: defy, challenge
4 a: to imitate (as a mannerism) closely: mimic b: to mimic in sport or derision
intransitive verb
1: jeer, scoff

More Vocabulary

Drive: n. a sustained offensive effort
Embalm: n.
to treat (a dead body) so as to protect from decay
Move: n.
a step taken especially to gain an objective
Prompt: v. incite
Retaliate: v.
to repay (as an injury) in kind
Witchcraft: n.
the use of sorcery or magic

Love those Phrasal Verbs

Crack down: to take severe or stern measures, esp. in enforcing obedience to laws or regulations

  • The police are starting to crack down on local drug dealers.

 

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