econobabble

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

econo- +‎ babble

Noun[edit]

econobabble (uncountable)

  1. Excessively obscure economic jargon.
    Once you cut through all the econobabble, it says we're headed for a recession.
    Politicians now use econobabble as a tool of mass confusion, aimed at scaring the public into doing things they don't want to do while narrowing our policy choices.
    • 1992, Iqbal Jafar, The last frontier and other essays, page 143:
      Today's orthodoxy (free market economy) is being spearheaded by the Bank and the Fund through the Structural Adjustment Programme that has a rather suggestive acronym of SAP. The phrase, now part of the current econobabble []

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