money bomb

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue May 10 19:06:51 UTC 2011

On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 2:40 PM, victor steinbok wrote:
> This has been in circulation for a while now, but I could not find any
> mention of it in list archives. A "money bomb" is a sharp spike in
> fundraising based on a particular grass-roots appeal. Wiki suggests that it
> was first coined in response to Ron Paul's fundraiser [on Guy Fawkes Day] in
> 2007 and is associated with viral internet appeals to supporters. I found
> nothing to contradict that claim. Wiki does trace it back to Oct 14 YouTube
> registration by Jesse Elder:
> >  New York City musician Jesse Elder is said to have coined the
> > usage of "moneybomb" for such an event. Elder registered the new
> > YouTube identity "RonPaulMoneyBomb" at YouTube on October 14, 2007
[snip later examples]

And Russ Feingold put a Wisconsin spin on it by launching a
"cheddarbomb" for his (unsuccessful) re-election campaign last year.


Ben Zimmer

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