Watching CNN (or one of the other cable channels endlessly broadcasting the end of the world as capitalism knows it) I heard one of the “expert commentators” describe last Thursday’s sell-off on the London Stock Exchange as “a bloodbath – sheer, unadulterated, willful panic”.
What’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with “willful panic”? Please add your answers and comments.
(“When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom.” Confucius)
By Josef Essberger for EnglishClub October 2008
Josef started teaching English as a foreign language in 1991 and founded EnglishClub for learners and teachers in 1997.
freedom waiter says:
I have n’t been stock exchanger up to know,but I think it’s better to say “natural panic” because it is ordinary nowadays.
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I think that “willful panic” is a right expression, because panic also human emotion expression that feel from external stimuli, so intentional panic is possible.
After all it’s all about panicking for it turns out that even the reporter at the time was panicking and thus used the term ambiguously . When humans panic they undergo the feeling unwillingly and unwittingly . I think that the 1929 New York Stock Exchange crisis , still in the Americans’ mind , could have been the cause of such panic.
In all cases news presentation needs glossing and the term used remains part of that.
okay thanks for that and i am wishing for notice on the next 1 minute exam
in fact , i can`t understand what u are saying about “wilfull panic” plz in a simple way , explain it.
If there is a “willful panic”, there should be a willing panic; but I think I should never use neither of them.
I am not involved with selling on the stock exchange, but I see that sometimes there is base for panic.
It should be “panicful will”, may be.
True! It was a willful fulwill.If you understand what is happening,surly,you will understand what I am saying and vise versa.Pls.join the club.
If I have a little respect for my opinions I would not dilute them with such horrible words.
As I know about panic is that it is a sudden reaction, an outburst alarm or terror that affects other to act in an ordinaty way. It will never be willful since no one wants to be in a panic. Neither the people who coined this words would ascribe themselves as if in a willful panic.
The globalisation eats its children.
Since the word panic here results from a financial issue , and was used on CNN , which is a TV channel , where exaggeration in words usage is used widely to draw people’s attention to the news , I see nothing strange about using this term , in fact , it will be too ordinary to use expressions people are used to.
With many thanks
Guven Akat says:
The expression of “Willful Panic” is totaly wrong. Panic is an reflex that people react involuntary. Panic is a reaction that is increasing by exponentially. The panic in the US markets difuse all the markets in the world like an epidemic disease. This increases the intensity of panic.
Sadasivan N.(Prof.Dr.) says:
Willful Panic? What an odd combo! Panic is involuntary, almost a reflex action, right? How can such panic be willful (which denotes obdurate, determined, headstrong etc)? Bourse panic might be a better expression I think. (In the UK you may call it the Footsey Panic Sell). Of course, in a sort of kneejerk reaction, such combos also surface from time to time in this mushrooming language, I am aware!! Normally they are short lived. Am waiting for your feedback, oh world!! Dr Sada, India
Most human panics, as we learn from past experiences, result from pure assumptions and invalid ” evidence”
and, as a consequence, cause greater loss than it should.
Another factor is the Internet, through which information are magnified and interpreted. As we Chinese have a saying: You reap what you sow. It’s time people stop and take into consideration just how good(bad?) the term “globaliztion” is. It’s time to ponder on the so-called