When the going gets tough, the tough make up euphemisms to soften the blow. Here are a few recession-inspired words to add to your Urban Dictionary.
In-sourcing: when workers float through different departments in lieu of temps.
BBR: buy, burn, and return. Buying DVDs or software from a store, burning them, and then returning them for a refund.
Intaxication: euphoria when receiving a tax refund.
Wii bum: a person who has no Wii of their own, so goes over to others’ houses largely to play their Wii for free.
Sellsumer: a consumer/entrepreneur who hawks insights and ideas to corporations to help sales.
TALF’d: Tricked into believing something big is going to happen when it doesn’t.
Ponzimonium: describes the recent spike in mini-Madoffs.
Furcation: an unpaid, forced holiday.
Shovel-ready: local infrastructure “ready to go” projects waiting for stimulus money.
Duppie: a downwordly-mobile urban professional.
Renoviction: when a landlord moves a tenant out during renovations and then jacks up the rent.