The Word of the Month

Oil Spill

May 2010

Photo {{link= target=_blank}}Mila Zinkova{{/link}}


BP/Deepwater Horizon, USA (2010), Montara, Australia (2009), Erika, France (1999), Exxon Valdez, USA (1989), plus many, many more sadly.

Don't cry over spilled milk is a common English expression, meaning there's no point regretting what happened in the past. You can cry over spilled oil, though.

Fun Facts:

Oil and water, unlike Starsky and Hutch, fish and chips, gym and glish, are NOT a good mix.

Oil can be virgin, extra virgin, pure or refined, just like people!

'Olive Oyl' is the name of Popeye's wife in the American cartoon 'Popeye'.


Don't confuse oil with grease (the animal fat, not the John Travolta musical).

Ironically, the highest per capita consumption of olive oil occurs in Greece (the country, not the animal fat). Hopefully they can still afford all that oil!

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