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  • n. Excessively high male unemployment.


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Coined during the financial crisis of 2007–2010, as a blend of man + recession.


  • Measured in terms of absolute job loss, men bore the brunt of the Great Recession, hence the term "mancession."

    NYT > Home Page

  • Echoing the idea that men were the chief victims of the Great Recession, AEI resident scholar and author of "The War Against Boys" Christina Hoff Sommers accused feminists of "skewing" President Obama's initial stimulus plan by insisting on equal treatment for women, who in "mancession" logic did not need the jobs as much as men.

    Alice O'Connor: The Myth of the Mancession? Women & the Jobs Crisis -- Fact, Fiction, and Female Unemployment

  • The Great Recession has been called the "mancession" because men absorbed 7 of every 10 job losses during the downturn.

    The Seattle Times

  • The new movie has a somewhat more "mancession" - relevant scenario -- 16-year-old Nell lives with her single dad, a widower.

    Women In Horror Films

  • Today, the recession -- in which so many more men have lost jobs that some dub it the "mancession" -- has left more women than ever as primary breadwinners.

    NPR Topics: News

  • What's been called the "mancession" has moved into the next stage of "he-covery," where men gain jobs and women lose them.

    Christine Bork: Women: A Year in Review (2011)

  • You have heard the last few years called a mancession.

    Max Fraad Wolff: Suffer the Young

  • The new movie has a somewhat more "mancession"-relevant scenario--16-year-old Nell lives with her single dad, a widower.

    Women In Horror Films

  • You know, this has been called the mancession, and that's quite accurate.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Blokes top of chops in Kiwi 'mancession' THE Kiwi recession has been dubbed the "mancession" with new figures showing tough times across the ditch are throwing more males out of work. | Top Stories


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  • Why is "mancession" listed under rolig's pronunciations when uselessness is the one pronouncing it?

    February 18, 2010

  • And here I thought this meant "a procession of men."

    January 9, 2010

  • If the word were entered during Shabbat it would be work (melachah) - transferring something from the private to the public domain.

    January 9, 2010

  • Is entering a word on wordnik considered to be work? :*)

    January 9, 2010

  • If you don't see it printed, it sounds like a session for men. In my opinion a portmanteau is only a good portmanteau if its meaning is unambiguous in both spoken and written forms. This one clearly fails the uselessness test. ;-)

    November 19, 2009

  • Or maybe it could be a recession (or other -cession, as you note) afflicting Mancunians, or a manse.

    November 18, 2009

  • How do I know that this doesn't refer to men seceding from something, or to a procession of men, or to men ceasing to exist (a "man-cessation"), or if I simply hear it, to a session of some body at which women are excluded. This tendency to form portmanteau words at the drop of a hat (at a drat!?) really gets my billygoat gruff. No problem, if it's done in jest, but when people start acting like these are serious words, I start getting a little scared.

    November 18, 2009