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Zakumi Football (Soccer) World Cup Mascot (2010)


Zakumi is the Official Mascot for the 2010 FIFA [Football - Soccer] World Cup.

Zakumi Details:
  • He's a leopard with green hair.
  • "Zakumi" is a composition of "Za" coming from South Africa's international country code (ZA) and "Kumi", which translates translates into ‘10' in various languages across Africa.
  • The green and yellow (gold) colours match the colours used in most South African sport uniforms.
  • Creator of the design is Andries Odendaal from Cape Town.
  • Mascot costume produced by Cora Simpson of Cora's Costumes.
  • Zakumi was conceived on the 16th of June, 1994.
  • 1994 is also the year of South Africa's democracy.
  • The 16th June also coincides with Youth Day in South Africa.



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Image Credit - Above Right by Galaxy fm


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Acronyms

*G* ............. giggle or grin
*H* ............. hug
*K* ............. kiss
*S* ............. Sob
*W* ............. wink
AFAIK ........... as far as I know
AFK ............. away from keyboard
AKA ............. Also Known As
ASAP ............ as soon as possible
BBL ............. be back later
BBS ............. be back soon
BEG ............. big evil grin
BF .............. boy friend
BRB ............. be right back
BTW ............. by the way
BWL ............. bursting with laughter
C&G ............. chuckle and grin
CID ............. crying in disgrace
CNP ............. continue in next post
CSG ............. chuckle snicker grin
CYA ............. see ya
CYAL8R .......... see ya later
DLTBBB .......... don't let the bed bugs bite
EG .............. evil grin
EMSG ............ email message
FAQ ............. Frequently Asked Questions
FUBAR ........... F***ed Up Beyond All Repair
FWIW ............ For What It's Worth
FYI ............. for your information
GF .............. girl friend
GFN ............. gone for now
GMBO ............ giggling my butt off
GMTA ............ great minds think alike
GTSY ............ glad to see you
H&K ............. hug and kiss
HAGN ............ have a good night
HAG1 ............ have a good one
HHIS ............ hanging head in shame
HT .............. Heard Through [Twitter acronym]
IC .............. I see
IYKWIM .......... If You Know What I Mean
IGP ............. I gotta pee
IMO ............. in my opinion
IMHO ............ in my humble opinion
IRL ............. in real life
IWALY ........... I will always love you
JK .............. just kidding
JMO ............. just my opinion
JTLYK ........... just to let you know
KIT ............. keep in touch
KMA ............. kiss my a$$
KMB ............. kiss my butt
KOTC ............ kiss on the cheek
KOTL ............ kiss on the lips
L8R ............. later
L8R ............. G8R later gator
LHM ............. Lord help me
LHU ............. Lord help us
LMAO ............ laughing my a$$ off
LMBO ............ laughing my butt off
LMHO ............ laughing my head off
LOL ............. laughing out loud
LSHMBB .......... laughing so hard my belly is bouncing
LSHMBH .......... laughing so hard my belly hurts
LTNS ............ long time no see LTS laughing to self
LUWAMH .......... love you with all my heart
LY .............. love ya
NETUA ........... Nobody ever tells us anything
NTA ............. Non-Technical Acronym
OBTW ............ Oh, by the way
OIC ............. oh, I see
OK .............. abbreviation of oll korrect (all correct)
OL .............. old lady(wife, girlfriend)
OM .............. old man(husband, boyfriend)
OTOH ............ On The Other Hand
OTTOMH .......... off the top of my head
PDS ............. please don't shoot
PM .............. private message
PMJI ............ Pardon My Jumping In (Another way for PMFJI)
PMFJI ........... pardon me for jumping in
PMP ............. peed my pants
POAHF ........... put on a happy face
POOF ............ I have left the chat
PS .............. Post Script
QSL ............. reply
QSO ............. conversation
QT .............. cutie
RE .............. Hi Again (same as re's)
ROFL ............ rolling on floor laughing
ROFLAPMP ........ ROFL .. and peed my pants
ROFLMAO ......... ROFL .. my a$$ off
ROFLMAOAY ....... ROFLMAO .. at you
ROFLMAOWTIME .... ROFLMAO .. with tears in my eyes
ROFLUTS ......... ROFL .. unable to speak
ROTFL ........... Roll on The Floor Laughing
RT .............. ReTweet [Twitter acronym]
RTF ............. Read The FAQ
RTFM ............ Read The F****** Manual
RTSM ............ read the stupid manual
SETE ............ smiling ear to ear
SHID ............ slaps head in disgust
SNAFU ........... Situation Normal, All F***ed Up
SO .............. significant other
SOHF ............ Sense Of Humor Failure
SPAM ............ Stupid Persons' AdvertiseMent
SWAK ............ sealed with a kiss
SWL ............. screaming with laughter
SYS ............. see you soon
TA .............. thanks again
TCOT ............ Top Conservatives On Twitter [Twitter acronym]
TIA ............. Thanks In Advance
TOY ............. thinking of you
TPTB ............ The Powers That Be
TTFN ............ ta ta for now
TTYL ............ talk to you later
TX .............. Thanx WB welcome back
WRT ............. With Respect To
WTF ............. What/Who The F***?
WTH ............. what/who the heck?
WYSIWYG ......... What You See Is What You Get
YBS ............. you'll be sorry
YG .............. young gentleman
YL .............. young lady
YM .............. young man
YMMV ............ Your Mileage May Vary
YWIA ............ You're welcome in advance

Johannes Tauler, O.P. (Mystic, Pastor, Preacher) c. 1300-1361


Johannes Tauler Demographics:
  • Name -Johannes Tauler, O.P.
  • Birth - c. 1300
  • Death - 1361 (of the plague)
  • Death place - convent of St. Nikolaus in Undis.
  • Nationality - German
  • Occupation - Dominican Monk, mystic, pastor, and preacher
  • Religion - Catholoic, religious family background.
  • Family Heritage - Well-to-do burgher family which owned property in Strasbourg.
Johannes Tauler Basic Facts:
  • Tauler lived during the tumultuous 14th century, marked by many calamities including - plagues (ie bubonic plague), earthquakes, civil war, financial crises & papal interdicts.
  • Tauler had the unique gift of clearly articulating the inner experience of his contemporaries, whilst still interpreting this experience in the light of orthodox Catholic tradition.
Johannes Tauler Education & Early Years:
  • Entered the Dominican Order, Strasbourg priory in 1314, unhindered.
  • His sister also entered the Dominican convent of St. Nikolaus in Undis, in Strasbourg.
  • Tauler was sent for some time to the prestigious studium generale in Cologne (founded by St. Albert the Great) for further studies.
  • Once ordained Tauler spent his life as a spiritual director (lebmeister) to both Dominican nuns & to the laity, especially those of the Friends of God (Gottesfreunde).
Johannes Tauler Adult Life:
  • Tauler traveled mostly in the vicinity in his native Strasbourg.
  • The exception to this was the "Dominican flight" to Basel in 1339, after Pope John XXII in Avignon had excommunicated Emperor Louis IV of Bavaria.
  • With the religious fervor associated with the difficulties of the time, his relatively new Teutonia province of the Dominican Order grew rapidly.
  • This resulted in a large number of Dominican convents being established under the care of the Teutonia friars -"seventy convents, each having some fifty nuns, some with up to eighty nuns".
  • Tauler spent a significant amount of time tending to the spiritual care of these nuns, the cura monialium.
  • Tauler was also an major figure within a religious group known as the Friends of God (Gottesfreunde).
  • The Friends of God included men & women representing all social classes & states of life, clerical, religious, & lay.
  • The Gottesfreunde community sought "... to cultivate a life of interior devotion and intense prayer because they felt a need to draw together in times of social upheaval."
  • It should be noted that Tauler's preaching was not theory based, as it flowed from his own experience of suffering.
  • Tauler himself was a casualty of the second outbreak of the bubonic plague (1361), dying in the convent of his sisters', St. Nikolaus in Undis, with her at his side.
Quotes by Tauler:
"... the greater the void, the greater the divine influx.''

"If I had known what I now know, I should have lived on my inheritance and not on alms."

"If anyone comes and warns them of the dreadful peril in which they live and how anxiously they should meet death, they mock him and say he is a Beghard and call us visionaries. They jeer and sneer at us as neither Jews nor pagans ever did to Christians."
Quotes About Tauler:
"Pray for our dear father Tauler. He is generally in great distress because he teaches the truth as wholeheartedly as any teacher I know." [von Nordlingen, writing to the Dominican Margareta Ebner]

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