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ethnofinancecologist commented on the word figurant
As the Swan of Avon reminded us, all the world's a stage. Most of the players thereon, however, do not even qualify for lives of quiet desperation, rather they are figurants in what ought to be their own dramas. At least that's the truth of reality on Wall Street.
June 14, 2010
ethnofinancecologist commented on the word ebitda
Earnings Bereft of Information, Transparency, Decency and Attribution.
May 28, 2010
ethnofinancecologist commented on the word diarchic
The period of medieval diarchic rule in Sicily provoked among other things myriad cultural, linguistic and gastronomic innovations that we all enjoy to this day. The fragmentation of leadership and its concomitant abdication of responsibility for law and order also led to the origins of the Mafia.
ethnofinancecologist commented on the word investment
The correct usage is a term to describe how individuals in a society choose to allocate scarce resources towards projects which have a reasonable expectation of increasing social goods. The distorted application of investment is deployed by ostensibly disinterested third parties who claim that confiscating an individual's resources for spreading to other individuals on a non-rational basis is an investment as opposed to that action's true nature, which is coercive redistribution.
May 27, 2010
ethnofinancecologist commented on the user ethnofinancecologist
The whole point of the list I created is to provoke a conversation about the way words are contentious opportunity spaces, ripe for politically charged discourse. If that is not a useful use of Wordnik, please convey my regrets to your founding lexicographer and I will sign off and cease use.
ethnofinancecologist commented on the word justice
When good citizens seek justice, they are looking for a fair adjudication of affairs such that honest people striving to do the right thing (whether in a Kantian a priori fashion or otherwise) shall receive the benefits of their actions and their diametrically opposed actors of an evil bent shall receive substantive comeuppance. In TaxVampirespeke, justice has come to mean any way a politician or a politician's friend can stick it to the downtrodden or - better yet from an asset grabbing perspective - the financially blessed but politically impotent.
ethnofinancecologist commented on the word TaxVampirespeke
George was experiencing that familiar, slight throbbing sensation in the small of his hippocampus, the one that he always got when trying to puzzle out on the fly whether the person speaking to him was a normal person trying to make sense or a politician trashing and subverting the language through the standard obfuscation of TaxVampirespeke.
ethnofinancecologist commented on the word progressive
The true and useful meaning of progressive is to indicate positive movement or development, whereas in TaxVampirespeke, it is a stand-in for policies which are little more than the petulant result of thinly-veiled jealousy by people whose core religious faith lies in unreasoning, punitive assaults on capital, as well as attacks on the fine people who bring the social body such terrible things as jobs and the chance to live a life of purpose and dignity.
ethnofinancecologist commented on the list tools-with-which-to-fight-the-soulless-tax-vampires
E.g. Chris Dodd has done more to damage the American economy and American homeowner and aspiring homeowner than almost anyone on the planet, through his drunken (we hope), mindless (we're pretty confident) support of Fannie and Freddie's wild credit spree. Yet when it comes to Reform, nothing in his insane "Reform bill" addresses the root causes of the financial collapse - Fannie and Freddie get to keep churning out bad debts. Thank you, Chris Dodd.
ethnofinancecologist commented on the word pushback
There is a new definition of pushback which you should be aware of: a slightly sardonic and self-deprecating merger of the current fad of ideal body type combined with reference to actual physical activity with no intention of actually connecting the two in a real way: "My doctor's been telling me I need to start doing more pushbacks," with the associated gesture indicating the speaker should be pushing himself back from the table, i.e. quit eating so much. Learn it, live it, love it, you tubby Americans.
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milosrdenstvi commented on the user ethnofinancecologist
I was going to say I found it all a great lark, but I suppose John has spoken :P
john commented on the user ethnofinancecologist
Hello. Would you please refrain from the political commentary? This isn't a forum for that. When you push groups like the Institute for Justice, it drifts towards spam.
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