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Verb. originated from a Turkish word, çapul, a noun, meaning pillage, raid, plunder, loot, or maraud. When used in English, it is used as a verb (ex. to chappul, are you chappuling? Did you chappul? I chappuled. I have been chappuling since last year) and meaning, to resist against a dictatorship or regime.

During the Gezi Park Protests of 2013, the then Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his public speech called the protesters at Gezi Park, Taksim Square, Istanbul, çapulcu, meaning marauders, but since then protesters proudly have coined the term as a symbolic terminology to refer to themselves. The original meaning of marauder tarnished and the new meaning as a person who protests against a dictatorship or regime immediately took on. And as some turkish university students in their brilliant creativity posted YouTube videos, instructing how to use the word in English grammatical rules, the word quickly spread among protesters all over Turkey. At its peak hours, the M.I.T. linguistics professor Noam Chomsky showed his support and solidarity for the Gezi Park Protest at Taksim, saying, "I am also a çapulcu." It is now an unofficial word symbolizing resistance in Turkey.
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