London: A newly coined phrase, "bunga
bunga", used to describe Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi`s
alleged sex romps, has now entered the country`s lexicon.
Since a teenage runaway-turned-belly dancer, Karima
Keyek, claimed to have witnessed the so-called "bunga bunga"
sex sessions, the phrase has been dominating news bulletins,
appearing in newspaper cartoons, rap songs and parodies on TV
television shows, `The Daily Telegraph` reported.
The phrase is said to come either from the punchline
to one of the Premier`s favourite bawdy jokes, or refers to an
"erotic ritual" that Berlusconi had picked up from his friend,
Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader.
It has entered the Italian lexicon and inspired dozens
of spoofs, including a rap song and a parody by a TV comedian
in which the words to the Shakira hit "Waka Waka" -- the theme
tune for this year`s Football World Cup -- were replaced by
references to "bunga bunga," the report said.
The phrase is also providing endless material for
discussion among Italians in cafes and bars.
An opposition party, Italy of Values, has come up
with a campaign poster, "Evolution of the species?" with three
images of Berlusconi -- one showing him dressed in the sort of
traditional North African robes worn by Col Gaddaffi, above
the words "bunga bunga".
The catchphrase has even been co-opted by
the sports press. When AC Milan, the team owned by Berlusconi,
were beaten at the weekend 2-1 by Juventus, La Gazzetta
Sportiva ran the front page headline: "Bunga Bunga Juve!"