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Entry from September 09, 2011

Barry Ritholtz’s financial blog, The Big Picture, has been using the term “whackage” (whack + package/wreckage) since at least February 2006. A typical Friday blog headline is “Market Whackage, Weekend Edition.” Another frequent headline is “Market Whackage Open Thread.”

“Whackage” could refer to any violent market activity, getting whacked either up or down. The term “whackage” has had only infrequent use on other blogs.

Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
whack verb \ˈhwak, ˈwak\
Definition of WHACK
transitive verb
1a : to strike with a smart or resounding blow (whack the ball) b : to cut with or as if with a whack : chop
2chiefly British : to get the better of : defeat
3slang : murder, kill

Urban Dictionary
(Dude #1) Hey man, ya got any whackage?
(Dude #2 hesitantly) Uuum...yeah...a little bit.
(Dude #1) Can I get a whack?
(Dude #2 ) Yeah, sure man.. (damn..this guy never has any weed)

by MrPeepersNJ Dec 22, 2010

The Big Picture
Sourcing the Greenspan Chatter
By Barry Ritholtz - February 8th, 2006, 5:54PM
That may explain Gold’s $20 whackage yesterday, but what about all the rest of the metals and commodities?

The Big Picture
Media Appearance: Kudlow & Company (5/11/06)
By Barry Ritholtz - May 11th, 2006, 3:36PM
This is the regular gig :  Today’s Kudlow & Company, is on CNBC today at 5pm. I’m scheduled to be on from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

All the usual Bulls are too cowardly to come on (just kidding)

We will obviosuly discuss the market whackage today — metal rally, the weak dollar, $715 Gold, the Fed, and lastly, why investing in Big Cap Tech Stocks is not a good idea.

The Big Picture
By Barry Ritholtz - May 12th, 2006, 5:15PM
Briefing.com likes our turn of the phrase yesterday:

“Whackage" May Extend into Next Week:  The market continues its slow spiral lower, weighed upon by inflation worries & will face the week ahead braced for a run of specified pricing reports.  The data due include the TICS report, which, although a slow release (2 months behind) it will still be scoured for the “who’s doing what for US” aspect.  The PPI & CPI reports have the potential to cause further “whackage” (thank you Mr. Ritholtz, for coining a word full of truthiness).

The Big Picture
Bottom Callers Step Aside
By Barry Ritholtz - May 22nd, 2006, 8:30AM
C Says:
May 22nd, 2006 at 12:03 pm
Citigroup’s Levkovich’s “cataclysmic crescendo of capitulation” has to rank right up there with Barry’s “whackage” as some of the most brilliant pieces of wordsmithing in the last few weeks.

The Big Picture
Apprenticed Investor: 10 Lessons Learned in the Selloff
By Barry Ritholtz - May 31st, 2006, 9:45AM
The latest “Apprentice Investor” column is up at TheStreet.com: 10 Lessons Learned in the Selloff. 

The column takes a look a what investors and traders can take away from the big whackage in May 2006.

The Big Picture
Market Whackage Open Thread
By Barry Ritholtz - May 20th, 2010, 8:57PM

The Big Picture
Market Whackage, Weekend Edition
By Barry Ritholtz - September 9th, 2011, 2:00PM

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