New Words For New Times – “Recession-ese”

I always find new words interesting so I found the article “Do You Speak Recession-ese?” by Jill Becker in the American Way (8/1/09) interesting.  Here’s a few of the words she introduces with their definitions (paraphrased):

  • Bankster – combined form of banker and gangster.
  • Boomeranger – adult child who’s been forced to move back in with their parents.
  • The Chewbacca – the hair style that results when you skip a haircut or two to save money.
  • Duppie – depressed urban professional or downwardly mobile urban professional.
  • Frugalista – someone that is frugal and fashionable.

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