GAU means grösster anzunehmender Unfall, “greatest assumable accident.” The redundant “Super-GAU” still finds use, wandering into explanations of e.g. climate-change storms or worst-case nuclear accidents. Sommerloch, the summer hole, is the summertime’s slow or silly news season. The summer of 2013 may be a perfect storm for slow if not silly news after the whistleblowing revelations of massive phone and internet data hoovering by the US, UK and French secret services and the US’s bugging of at least offices and computer systems of at least the EU government. Looking forward, investigative journalists should be wondering how they can safely do their jobs this summer. Politicians should be wondering how they can prepare for any negotiations.

(ZOMM ah lochh   ZOO pah g ow!.)

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