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  • Nice one Liz. It occurs to me that in 2012, the verb ‘bleed’ , occurring in your first clutch of citations, lies somewhere nicely at the intersection of the exploits of bankers and vampires. As MED’s sense markers neatly indicate, it means both ‘take blood from someone’ and ‘make someone pay money’ …

  • thanks Kerry: I hadn’t made that connection and I see now that there is some evidence for vampire banks. Of course there’s also the whole zombie banker/bank thing in the same ‘undead parasite’ area, but I didn’t have room this time. Maybe another post.

  • I was amused by the expression Dracula sneeze, “covering one’s mouth with the crook of one’s elbow when sneezing, seen as similar to popular portrayals of the vampire Dracula, in which he hides the lower half of his face with a cape” (as defined by the American Dialect Society, which voted it Most Creative Word of the Year for 2009), and quite surprised by the names used to popularize Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, a new cosmetic surgery procedure – Vampire FaceLift® and Dracula Therapy!