La crisi finanziaria che ha colpito il mondo intero in questi giorni non può non lasciare tracce anche nel linguaggio:
The latest outbreak began with “credit crunch”, a punchy bit of alliteration used to describe a combination of factors that make money scarce. At the end of the summer, “credit crunch” was added to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary (“a severe shortage of money or credit”), along with its older sibling “subprime”.
The New York Times archive, dating from the 1850s, shows “credit crunch” was in fact first coined more than 40 years ago (in 1967) to describe a Wall Street crisis. It popped up occasionally in financial pages over the next four decades, but only took off in news headlines in the middle of 2007. The Irish Times first used the term in 1967, but since the middle of last year this newspaper has used it in more than 800 articles.
Postato da: IM