Witchcraft declared legal profession in Romaniahttp://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
Origin: Middle English, from moker
First Known Use: 15th century
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
1: jeer, scoff
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.