3 ottobre 2010

Are You Fluent in Recession?

After you lost your "job-job," you've been "decruited" more than once—maybe that "job stopper" on your neck had something to do with it—and because your financial outlook is somewhere between "blark" and "Full Walton" lately, you've been alternating between "Wonderbreading" and the "Peanut Butter Challenge" and need to get "approval from corporate" before you buy even one lousy coffee. Does that sentence make any sense to you?
If so, there's no need to read Coupon Sherpa's 25 Recessionista Slang Terms, which would tell you that, for instance, "decruited" means:

To be fired from a position you haven't even started.
Usage: "Man, they decruited me before I finished the orientation."

Here, some other recession-era words and phrases:

Recession porn: With an apparently resurgent economy, the media genre known as recession porn may be gone for good. What, exactly, is recession porn? You know it when you see it. Basically, it's the fascination with all the weird ways the recession has affected different groups of people—the rich and privileged especially, because everyone knows the financial crisis has been tough on the working classes. In this look back, you'll see that recession porn stories include the economic downturn's impact on celebrities, the Queen of England, and workers in the actual porn industry.

Read more: http://money.blogs.time.com/2009/12/22/the-top-recession-porn-stories-of-2009/#ixzz11KDop9WC

Trashure: Referring to an item—perhaps a kitschy lamp, perhaps some reasonably fresh bread—that someone tossed in the trash, and that you take home and prize as a treasure.
Mentioned in the comments of a BoingBoing post on dumpster diving.

Read more: http://money.blogs.time.com/2010/04/14/word-of-the-day-trashure/#ixzz11KE4jPtS

Expensive urine: The phrase is used in a WSJ story about parents giving kids vitamins unnecessarily. Sometimes, the effects are harmless. But mostly, overdoing vitamins is just a waste:
Absorbing a bit too much of some nutrients, like the B vitamins, just results in "expensive urine," because the excess is excreted, says Kathi Kemper, a pediatrician at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
By taking vitamins that you or your children don't need, you are literally—excuse the phrase—pissing money away.

Read more: http://money.blogs.time.com/2010/05/05/amusing-phrase-of-the-day-expensive-urine/#ixzz11KEKO8eS

Unbanked: The Washington Post explains:
In the financial world, those without access to traditional financial services have been dubbed the "unbanked." With spotty bank records and thin or nonexistent credit reports -- documents often required to rent an apartment, buy a cellphone or even get a job -- they rely on storefront businesses that may charge a 4 percent fee to cash a check or a 995 percent annual interest rate for a short-term loan.

Read more: http://money.blogs.time.com/2009/10/13/word-of-the-day-unbanked/#ixzz11KEafxee

Mancession: The male ego is crushed. Men have reportedly accounted for 80 percent of job losses in the last two years. The disproportionate impact has brought about the coining of the word "mancession."

Read more: http://money.blogs.time.com/2009/07/17/deep-impact-10-ways-the-recession-is-hitting-home-in-lots-of-homes/#ixzz11KFGOKFB

posted by BRAD TUTTLE