printing money

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Wed Oct 27 05:53:17 UTC 2010


On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 7:32 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

> Maybe it's because, in the digital age, "printing money" doesn't actual
> involve printing money.
> DanG

I reckon the reason lies elsewhere. We don't dial phone numbers
anymore either, but many of us still say it. And when we rewind a film
we're not actually rewinding anymore. And did governments really
_print_ more money whenever they printed money? Wasn't the usual
practice to print bonds or IOUs?

Paul

Paul Frank
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On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 7:32 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Maybe it's because, in the digital age, "printing money" doesn't actual
> involve printing money.
> DanG
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>> Whatever happened to the easy-to-understand term "printing money"?
>> I've lost count of the number of times I heard someone on an NPR
>> station over the past couple of weeks speak of "quantitative easing"
>> to refer to the government's plans to, yes, print money. And the thing
>> is, they don't explain that that's all it essentially means. Are
>> average Americans really that familiar with financial jargon?
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>> Paul
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