19 definitions by Joe Rodolico

A sudden die-off of the bee population in a hive or colony. Blamed on cell phone radiation. Abbreviated CCD.
Beekeepers where shocked and stunned, when they learned, that their once thriving hives, had been emptied due to an occurence of colony collapse disorder.
by Joe Rodolico April 25, 2007
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A situation in which farmland prices skyrocket due to speculation in the futures market in one or more crops. Asset bubbles form when too much money finds its way into one area of the market. The bubble is considered to be excessive, and, therefore, not sustainable in the long run.
Farmers are planting more and more corn, because the demand for ethanol is creating a farmland bubble by raising the value of their land to previously unheard of heights.
by Joe Rodolico April 4, 2007
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Overpaid officers of wealthy corporations who use political sway with elected representatives to promote policies perceived as detrimental to the public good. Combination or “corporate” and “ados” Spanish suffix for people who act in a certain manner.
Pension plans are being pared back drastically by the same corporados who squandered billions of the stockholders money, but not before paying themselves huge bonuses.
by Joe Rodolico June 11, 2006
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Any unskilled worker laboring to pay off huge debts.
Low income individuals can be quite optimistic about the future when using plastic instead of cash to make purchases. But if, for some reason, they suffer a financial setback, that little piece of plastic may turn them into credit card coolies.
by Joe Rodolico January 23, 2007
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A person working to pay off huge debts.
Freya didn't really understand how credit card interest rates work, and ran up large debts during her college days. Now, she is a credit card slave; because most of her salary goes into paying them off.
by Joe Rodolico January 23, 2007
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A phenomenon in economics in which too much loose cash finds its way into an area of the market, e.g., stocks, housing, dot-com, etc., resulting in a buying frenzy that leads to wildly inflated prices. Economic activity in those areas affected is not sustainable in the long run, so large numbers of late investors eventually go bankrupt.
We were warned of an economic bubble, but bought high-priced shares anyway thinking we could unload them on some poor sap before the bubble burst. Boy, were we wrong!
by Joe Rodolico February 10, 2007
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Singing without a live orchestra or band. Originally meaning "without orchestra," it is a combination of Japanese "kara" meaning "empty/bare-handed" as in "karate", and the "okee" sound from the first syllable of "orchestra" as pronounced by Japanese.
The guy who thought up karaoke created a bar owner's dream, because as patrons provide their own entertainment by singing along with a machine, management saves a fortune by not hiring talented musicians.
by Joe Rodolico February 9, 2007
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