[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy]
The Times has launched a petition to get the term “quantitative easing” replaced by the more manageable “queasing”, as suggested by one of their readers.
Aside from being easier to get your tongue around, “queasing” does have an appropriately queasy ring about it. After all, what we’re really talking about is printing money. Where “quantitative easing” sounds like a descriptor for the relief provided by a dose of colonic irrigation, “queasing” captures the feeling one gets when contemplating the possibility that your government has been taking economic advice from Robert Mugabe’s finance minister.
So whether you care about language or are simply worried about the prospect of Weimar Republic-style hyperinflation, I urge you to sign the petition.
See also my post on Seven pernicious euphemisms of the current financial crisis.