Monday, February 06, 2006

Wikipedia's Double Bubble

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Last month I pointed out in a post about Wikipedia that the venerable definer of all things had set about telling us exactly what the housing bubble was all about.

Now I find that not only does Wikipedia define the "U.S. Property Bubble", but it also has a separate definition for "Housing Bubbles." The latter is a general explanation of housing bubbles overall, with references to suspected bubbles around the world in places like Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, and China. The "U.S. Property Bubble" entry addresses more specifically the belief by some that we in the good old USA are currently in a bubble.

Meanwhile, Merriam-Webster is clueless.

Check this offering from Merriam-Webster's website, which was received in response to a query seeking a definition of "housing bubble":
The word you've entered isn't in the dictionary. Click on a spelling suggestion below or try again using the search box to the right.

Suggestions for housing bubble:

1. Husayn ibn 'Ali
2. househusbands
3. Heisenberg
4. househusband
5. houseguests
6. whistle-blowing
7. whistle-blowings
8. high-concept
9. Huguenotism
10. Huguenotisms

— The Boy in the Big Housing Bubble