March 2009

Joan Gralla, “Financial Woes Spawn Words Like ‘Chiconomic’” (Reuters, Mar. 26, 2009).

“Chiconomic” is a play on the newly cash-strapped style-conscious, joining similar terms such as “frugalista” and “recessionista,” according to Ben Zimmer, executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus, www.visualthesaurus.com.

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Interview on Voice of America’s “Wordmaster” program about new economic words spawned by the recession. (Transcript, audio)

Interview on “At Issue with Ben Merens” (Wisconsin Public Radio) about new economic words spawned by the recession. (Show page, streaming audio, download)