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Mike Martyn
10-10-2008, 01:48 AM
I'm working on a story set around the year 2050. I'm trying to come up with a catchy name to call the current "market contraction".

Not the Great Depression. That's been taken. I was using the "Big Crunch" for a while but I've decided that sounds too much like a chocolate bar.

Any thoughts?

Ms Hollands
10-10-2008, 02:17 AM
Hhehehe, a chocolate bar...I didn't notice that until you typed it and now I'm seeing a giant Crunch bar displayed in the middle of the stock exchange building.

I can only offer the Banking Bust and now I'm seeing a pair of boobs with dollar signs on them.

Smiling Ted
10-10-2008, 02:26 AM
Dude, it's just too depressing.

Siddow
10-10-2008, 02:43 AM
What leads up to it? That might give you some ideas. Consider the surrounding events, look for synonyms (or antonyms) for the surrounding events, find two that would sound like media fodder, and run with it!

JamieFord
10-10-2008, 02:45 AM
How about "The Singularity." Totally borrowing from Raymond Kurzweil's non-fiction book about technology, but it kinda seems appropriate in a pop-culture way. (Other thoughts: The Wall Street Dumpster Fire, The Valles Marineris, The Implosion. And yes, this is incredibly depressing...)

hammerklavier
10-10-2008, 06:28 AM
Sub-prime crisis? That's what a lot of people are calling it now.

vixey
10-10-2008, 06:47 AM
Heck! Hang out on any of the new channels and they'll nail it for you within the next week.

comradebunny
10-10-2008, 08:38 AM
The time that must not be named.

I think "Bush Bust" would be catchy, but not absolutely correct. But it has a nice ring to it.

Chrisla
10-10-2008, 10:22 AM
The Great Crash or the Great Meltdown?

frimble3
10-10-2008, 10:53 AM
What did they call the last one, in Asia? Or the one before that? There was one in the early '80's when interest rates ran riot. It may be that by 2050, this will just be another blip on the financial radar, of interest only to economists or history geeks. How about "The Big Blip"? Or "The Big Lick" (as in, "It took a licking and kept on ticking"? Too dated, even now?

AnnieColleen
10-10-2008, 11:07 AM
I rather like the Crunch, and then it'd be easily spoofable for humorists in your world. A candy bar or an ogre or something, depending on their spin.

Bmwhtly
10-10-2008, 12:24 PM
I was using the "Big Crunch" for a while but I've decided that sounds too much like a chocolate bar.
Sounds more like a breakfast cereal to me.


You could just make up a name of someone responsible and name it after them.
The Martyn Incident.
The Hollands Meltdown.
The Siddow Crash.

And so on

Joe DePlumber
10-10-2008, 12:39 PM
How bout "All They Could Do Was Clean the Fan And Start All Over"

maybe too long, huh? and kinda gives away the plot.

ManyAk
10-10-2008, 02:49 PM
The Financial Apocalypse.

:)

Ms Hollands
10-10-2008, 03:11 PM
You could just make up a name of someone responsible and name it after them.
The Martyn Incident.
The Hollands Meltdown.
The Siddow Crash.

And so on

I really like this one and think you should go with it. :D

(it wouldn't be the first Hollands meltdown...)

Priene
10-10-2008, 03:24 PM
The current ridiculous euphemism for financial disaster is correction. The Lasting Correction has a certain air to it.

qwerty
10-10-2008, 06:36 PM
The Empty Well
Credit See-Saw
Banking on Hope
Digging Deep
Market Mayhem

StephanieFox
10-10-2008, 07:30 PM
I think what it would be called would depend on the final outcome. Is this a 2-year 'downturn' or something that will hang on for 10 years? Was it – in your world of 2050 – the end of American predominance or not? Did another country rise to be the one world economic power, or is the world so intertwined that no one can tell who is ahead?

I'd call it The Great Leveling, if that latter is true. Perhaps, you could come up with something regarding the end of what has been called The American Century.

If it's long-term, I'd avoid a cutesy name. If it's short-term, I think The Great Crunch or Big Crunch works well.

RJK
10-12-2008, 08:22 PM
How about the First Crash of the Millenium. I'm sure we'll have others. You really don't think the politicians have learned anything from this, do you?

Disa
10-12-2008, 10:16 PM
Credit Crisis?

comradebunny
10-13-2008, 02:12 AM
"Oh my god we're all gonna die! Oh guess not."

Sorry, I couldn't help myself. I'l be good now.

MagicMan
10-13-2008, 02:21 AM
My stores use to sell collectibles. Speculators destroyed those markets. With their greed and new found money they eventually made their way to commodities and real estate. Speculators destroyed that as well. Looking back, I would call this;

The Speculation Depression.

Too bad I can't think of a good rhyme for speculation.

comradebunny
10-13-2008, 02:57 AM
How about:
Speculation Castration

Speculation Deflation

Speculation Frustration

Speculation Stagnation

Speculation Exploitation

Speculation Conflagration

Speculation Decimation

Speculation Desolation

Speculation Fragmentation

Speculation Lamentation

Speculation Strangulation


Just a few ideas curtesy of Merriam-Webster's Rhyming Dictionary.

Dale Emery
10-13-2008, 03:56 AM
The Collapse.
The Twelve-Year Collapse.
The Gold Years.

Dale

Oberon
10-14-2008, 12:18 AM
The Gluttony Regurgitation?
The Greed Bleed?

Smiling Ted
10-14-2008, 12:38 AM
I think what it would be called would depend on the final outcome. Is this a 2-year 'downturn' or something that will hang on for 10 years? Was it in your world of 2050 the end of American predominance or not? Did another country rise to be the one world economic power, or is the world so intertwined that no one can tell who is ahead?

Absolutely right.
What happens in your story? Is it a two-year correction? A global collapse? Something in between?

Deb Kinnard
10-14-2008, 12:55 AM
Spec Meltdown
Mortgage Meltdown
Mr. Bush's Money Spasm
Black October

Gonna go find some mood-altering chocolate now. :gone:

Donkey
10-14-2008, 01:14 AM
The Great Corruption.

Ms Hollands
10-14-2008, 01:50 AM
Can you please just use the Hollands Meltdown? I quite like that.


....I see the market picked up a bit today. Regardless of what it does, if you're writing fiction, does your financial meltdown have to be factual? Couldn't you just refer to the 'big crash in 2XXX' (aka Hollands Meltdown) and then describe a few of its characteristics (eg, "After the big crash in 2011 and the subsequent worldwide food shortage which kept the rich fed and the poor dead, the....") before going on to relating it directly to your story?

hammerklavier
10-14-2008, 04:42 AM
What did they call the last one, in Asia? Or the one before that? There was one in the early '80's when interest rates ran riot. It may be that by 2050, this will just be another blip on the financial radar, of interest only to economists or history geeks. How about "The Big Blip"? Or "The Big Lick" (as in, "It took a licking and kept on ticking"? Too dated, even now?

The Asian one was called the "Asian Flu", but the last one was the "Dot Com Bubble".

For this one, I like "Sub-prime Crisis" (like the image that the word crisis invokes), or "Mortgage Meltdown"