Balkanisation/Balkanization (noun) – the process of dividing a country or a larger region into smaller areas where people all dislike or fight each other. Balkanise/Balkanize (verb) – to divide a region/territory into smaller hostile areas. Balkanisation – a geopolitical pejorative term with such a sinister meaning. It was coined in the early 19th century, accordingContinue reading “Balkanisation”


From a weapon to an aggressive woman… Battle-axe (woman) – an unpleasant and frightening woman with a strong opinion. Battle-axe – a term, generally considered pejorative, describes an aggressive, bossy woman with determined attitude. I could not find an exact etymology of the term but the temperance activist Carrie Nation, known for attacking alcohol-serving establishmentsContinue reading “Battle-axe”