vulturing (n)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 7 12:16:05 UTC 2008

Is the UD "culture vulture" distinct from the (nearly-)standard
"culture vulture" of days of yore?


On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 12:39 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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>  NYTimes, April 6, , Mutual Funds Report2008, page BU23, col 2.
>  [headline] Vultures Are Circling, Must Be a Foreclosure.
>  ...
>  You, my friend, may have a bright future in:
>  Vulturing.
>  There's a fat shelf of books dedicated to the proposition that you
>  can make a fortune out of the misfortunes of others.
>  I see via Google that there are a number of other figurative uses,
>  including a number of "culture vulturing" (urban dictionary has
>  "culture vulture").  But the application to mortgage foreclosures
>  might become common in 2008.  A WOTY  candidate?
>  Joel
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