The Essentialist's Glossary: Updated for the 'Teens (G-M)
Last week, we brought you the first third of our Essentialist Glossary (which you can peruse at your leisure, right here: The Essentialist’s Glossary: Updated for the ’Teens (A-F)) Herewith, we bring you the second third. Enjoy!
noun \ˈgāts lo\
Predicts that the speed of software will halve every 18 months… especially Microsoft Windows (See also Moore’s law.)
What you do with your excess money when you are too lazy to invest the way Buffett does.
noun \ˈjēn ˈsē-kwən(t)s iŋ\
Organizing your bottom drawer by “Boot Cut”, “Straight Fit” and “Skinny”.
A barbarous relic that went up drastically in dollar terms between 2000 and 2011. It is about the only thing you can leave on the seat of your car in Baltimore without worrying about the windows being smashed.
Graham and Dodd
proper nouns \ˈgrā-əm ən(d)ˈdäd\
These are the guys who wrote the book on investing; Warren Buffett — their most brilliant student.
Head and Shoulders Pattern
noun \ˈhed ən(d)ˈshōl-dər ˈpa-tərn\
Not to be confused with the dandruff shampoo, it’s a chart pattern that vaguely resembles the head and shoulders of a very strangely shaped man. It is thought to be a precursor of a market decline. But if the market doesn’t go down, the technicians take another look and tell you that it didn’t look like a head shoulders after all. It was really a horse’s rear end.
Heart of Darkness
noun \ˈhärt ˈäv ˈdärk -ness\
Where tech investors go — the horrors.
noun \ˈhō-(ˌ)mō ˈa-nə -ˌläg- ē-ənz\
People who have trouble setting their alarm clocks and still believe the digital economy is mostly hype.
noun \ˈhō-(ˌ)mō ˈdi-jə-təl- ē-ənz\
Bitcoin users, Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg and a few others. They walk among us.
The Information Age
noun \thē ˌin-fər-ˈmā-shən ˈāj\
The handle given to today’s economy. The successor to the Age of Ignorance is characterized by such an abundance of useless faces and senseless data that, now, everyone knows everything, and almost no one knows anything. (See Also the Age of Ignorance.)
noun \ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shnəl in-ˈvest- er\
Investor who is now locked up in a nuthouse.
verb \in-ˈvest- ng\
The activity many people say they do but few understand. Most investors wouldn’t know a balance sheet if it bit them on the derriere — which, we predict, it will.
noun \ˈī ˈär ˈes\
Kind of like a swarm of mosquitos. Except one’s a group of bloodsucking parasites… and the others’ a bunch of insects.
biographical name \ˈja-nət ˈyel-in\
First female chairman of the Fed. Strangely, if you close your eyes and listen to her speak… you hear Jodie Foster. We’re predicting she gets nicknamed “Black Widow” and is Time magazine’s Person of the Year within her first 365 days.
noun \ˈkän-ˈdra-ˈtē-ev wāvz\
1. The biggest waves crashing ashore at Playa Rosada just over the hill from the clubhouse at Rancho Santana. 2. Nikolai Kondratiev is also a dead economist whose Long Waves are considered a reliable forecasting tool by some (mostly broke) commodities investors. Nikolai had the distinct honor of being executed by Josef Stalin in 1938. (See also K-Waves: A Blueprint for Investors.)
noun \ˈlikd ˈdəŋ-kən\
The kind of superficial reasoning a person does when he only has gross generalities or works with other people’s money. The source of much misguided action in government, politics, finance, and romance. (See also Schwer Uberlegen.)
noun \ˈmär-kət\ \kə-ˈrek-shən\
The day after you buy stocks.
noun \ˈMet- ˈkafs ˈlo\
The first telephone was virtually useless. The millionth, by contrast, was exceptionally useful. Likewise, dollars have become a worldwide medium of exchange simply because they are so ubiquitous.
A very small hat for babies.
The exact opposite of Gate’s law. (See also Gate’s Law.)
Moore and Metcalfe vs. Graham and Dodd
New technology is exploding so fast, youngsters say, that the old standards no longer apply. The old guys just don’t get it. Who will “get it” in the end remains to be seen. (See also Graham and Dodd, Moore’s Law, and Metcalfe’s Law.)
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