My friend Barry “Bling-less” Ritholtz has a cry from the heart appended to a recent post and directed to financial journalists, et al.:
NOTE TO MIDDLE-AGED WHITE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY BANKERS, INDEXORS, PR FLACKS AND MEDIA STILL USING THE WORD “BLING”: Stop. Right now. For your own sakes. It does not make you look hip if you use hip-hop, urban, or black expressions — most especially those that are circa 1998. Please stop it immediately. All it does is reveal you to be a clueless middle-aged white guy.
The term Bling long ago jumped the shark. And because I am a middle-aged white person, I was more than a year late in making that observation — over two years ago. (See RIP Bling-bling for more details).