I thought that I was going crazy a couple of weeks or so ago, I was reading the Economist and the Financial Times and according to them this country is in a recession. And I thought that was crazy, because you would think that the press in this country would be talking about that before the people in other countries, but then I realized that the codewords have changed.
While the papers all of the world have stated that the United States is in a recession and the facts state that housing prices have dropped 15% and gas prices are like million dollars a gallon. In the US this isnâ€™t a recession. This is simply a reevaluation of opportunities. I know that sounds like a slowdown, but itâ€™s not exactly, because itâ€™s better. Itâ€™s more like a â€œlook aroundâ€ for the best deal possible.
And that seven percent unemployment that everyone has plastered across their papers, those people arenâ€™t jobless they are on â€œstaycationsâ€. Isnâ€™t that fabulous? Staying home and enjoying the company of your family pets, your micro dog, which some negative people would call a roach is not only relaxing itâ€™s eco.
Remember owning a car is bad. Eating lots of food makes your kids fat. You donâ€™t want your kid to be fat do you? If your kids go to bed hungry sometimes, itâ€™s more healthful, thatâ€™s what the advertisements around the public transportations state.
(Iâ€™ve noticed around the MTA a campaign against obesity in little bus riding children.)
Youâ€™re helping the country by not spending money, staying at home and being happy about it. Donâ€™t complain, no one likes a negative nelly you donâ€™t want to be â€œthose peopleâ€. Just thank god every day that you have the privilege to be economically anorexic in this country instead of some place else, a place that has socialized medicine.
Thank god for capitalism and pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps.
Here are some new terms in regards to the housing market.
Itâ€™s not just the economy, employment and housing market that has new and improved codewords, but even the world of sociology has them.
Currently in the works there are new socio-cultural codewords that are more flexible and more inclusive for use. You can even use your credit card on the beta versions.
For instance I noticed while reading the Downtown News that urban now means yuppie person instead of poor black person that will shoot you.
Remember the vintage codewords of the 90s:
Loft=big gigantic warehouse where artists changed their clothes and shot up heroin.
The 90s codewords were so very uncreative. Racial slurs were out of date owing to political correctness, so we had to come up with them quickly. I have to admit they were pretty half ass, but having a proper term to denigrate a person different from you is a pretty important thing, so you do what you can. Could you imagine how boring parties would be if there wasnâ€™t one group that everyone agreed they hated?
Here are some of the beta terms with their socio-cultural explanation:
Urban: yuppie who overpaid for a downtown condo—now keep in mind a yuppie can be of any ethnic group itâ€™s the mind set that matters. Iâ€™ve been meeting quite a few black and Latino yuppies in downtown LA, itâ€™s pretty fuckin scary, though I think I scare them too.
SRO: still SRO unless the building is actively recruiting white people.
Microloft: SRO that is actively recruiting white people.
Those people: Chicanos
Homeless: black people
Remember the codeword is half full, just donâ€™t tell them itâ€™s half full of piss.