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Mon Nov 1 15:38:42 UTC 1999
"Virtuous circle" caught quite a while ago. Lexis-Nexis reports over 600
citations in 1999 alone. The earliest Lexis-Nexis citation is from The
New York Times' Information Bank Abstracts, which offers the following
abstract from August 27, 1972:
E L Dale Jr article revg present wage-price controls program
and discussing outlook for Phase 3; recalls 'virtuous circle'
of wage-price stability in early '60s and subsequent 'vicious
circle' of wage-price spiral which led to Nixon Adm's imposition
There are 23 citations from the 1970s, 16 of which are from The
Economist, so I'll venture that they did the most to popularize the
phrase. "Virtuous circle" was a Word Spy back on September 15, 1997.
Word Spy: http://www.logophilia.com/WordSpy/
> Last Thursday, Fed Chief Alan Greenspan said that the
> United States economy is experiencing a "virtuous circle" of
> new investment, rising productivity, and rising profits.
> Check Nexis in a another week to see if it catches.
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