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Evan Rothman
March 16, 2009
It's true, the cable networks and newspapers are filled with scary headlines written in jargon that has come to symbolize the depressing reality of our economic state. But it doesn't have to be so. Take those same terms, process them through the SI GOLF PLUS Vocabulary Converter, and suddenly they're not so frightening anymore.
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March 16, 2009

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Mortgage-backed security
Betting the house that Tiger will win another major

A private club adding National to the end of its name in hopes of attracting status-seeking new members

Negative equity
Upon departing the golf shop, the $299 value of the driver you just bought for $399

Ponzi scheme
"I'll buy the next round."

Trying to calm down after a four-putt double bogey

Short squeeze
Gripping the putter too tightly while standing over a three-footer

Subprime crisis
Heading into the club championship without your A game

Toxic assets
Your old golf shoes

Zombie bank
Five down with four to play and not enough cash to pay off the $2 Nassau

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