Naming crises. A note on semantics and chronology, Ch. 3 of Crises and cycles in economic dictionaries and encyclopedias, edited by Daniele Besomi, London: Routledge.
This essay examines the main terms used to indicate crises, cycles and related phenomena since the early 18th century. Of each term are examined the etymology, the definitions and the (sometimes drastic) evolution of their usage in time, both in the general literature and in economic dictionaries. The terms are: Glut, Distress, Embarrassment, Stagnation, Panic, Bubble, Depression, Fluctuations, Recession, Crisis and Cycle. The latter two are those most widely used, and are thus discussed in more detail.
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