This started out as a little crowdsourced joke on Twitter, with the hashtag #austeridictionary (note the spelling). A link to the ongoing discussion/madness is https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=%23austeridictionary&src=hash. I used SearchHash to collate the hashtagged tweets, into a CSV folder, which I then cleaned up in Excel. Its a bit of fun, but also like all good satire has a bite. The words we use are important.
4: amount by which BBC salaries are multiplied to get equivalent levels at RTE 52: Typical age at which senior civil servants are entitled to retire on fat pensions AAA: austerity anonymous ahoy Acting the Cowen: To deny that a bailout happens when it’s inevitable, and more than likely, it happens the next day. Adjustment: Deflation Adjustment= gov process of deciding who gets to live and die, while gov feathers its own nest. AIB: Anglo Irish Bank Light AIB: Another Irish Bailout AldiLidl (n) : A grocery depository used in place of a Superquinn in lean times. Alivestock= people for export to foreign lands (21st century replacement for slavery). an Anglo: an obscene but unquantifiable amount : that will cost you an Anglo to repair is say. Anglophiles: Former c-suite executives of Anglo Irish Bank? Another Mass, Is there anything to be said for saying : Economic recovery policy as outlined by Dana. Arseterity (noun) a pain in the arse brought on by austerity. ATM :symbolic, totemic, device used as rallying call to pacify & direct population cf. The ATM’s will stop working ATM : a three letter word, preceded by the phrase ‘no money in the’ used to frighten the bejaysus out of Joe Soaps Austere a Tea: Bitter, acidic and putrid drink consumed by the Irish for generations to come