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17th Century Insults

The hosts and a listener in Grand Rapids, Michigan, trade some 17th-century insults. For more, check out these references: Gargantua and English Words With Native Roots And With Greek, Latin, Or Romance Suffixes by George Albert Nicholson. This is...

side pocket

side pocket  n.— «Atticus angered some investors in March 2008 with how it treated its investment in Deutsche Börse. Atticus separated its roughly $1 billion stake in the exchange into what is known as a “side pocket,” which...

synthetic short

synthetic short  n.— «At a time when traders would normally have shorted the stock as part of the trade, they’re instead bypassing the rising cost of doing so by assembling what are called “synthetic shorts.” In case you’re not familiar...

jackadoodle

jackadoodle
 n.— «Jackadoodles are a cross breed between a Jack Russell and a poodle.» —“Dogs stolen for jackadoodle trade” BBC News Apr. 9, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

Chimerica

Chimerica  n.—Gloss: The symbiotic Chinese-American financial relationship, in which there is a great trade imbalance as Americans save little and buy lots, and there is a great investment in American Treasury bills and the dollar by the...

credit

credit  n.— «Healthy banks took the money. Who wouldn’t accept what an addled rich uncle was giving away. But banks are in the business of lending. And thus what they really want are what are known in the trade as “good credits”—credit...