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#1 2006-04-02 06:21:51

patschwieterman
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"bare market" for "bear market"

Wikipedia and other web resources report that the origins of the stock market phrases “bear market” and “bull market” are obscure. In any case, “bear market” doesn’t appear to have started life as “bare market,” but that reanalysis makes very good sense – and an excellent eggcorn. (Though if you really think about it, a “bear market” is one in which the virtual shelves aren’t bare, but are instead full of unsold stocks.) The few instances of “bowl market” that I was able to find feel more like a malapropism than an eggcorn. Examples:

I know buying on the down slope makes sense in a bull market. But what about a bare market?
http://www.democraticunderground.com/du … /1492.html

For example, in a bare market economy that has recently jumped into a bull market, would an auctioneer sell a bulk of BMW cars to retailers in an English or Yankee auction and what would be the benefit of doing so?
http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:rzs … =clnk&cd=9

But I think that he’s not going to—most of this compensation that Grasso got he was paid for, for the last four years, when it was a bare market, when investors were losing a lot of money.
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/ … st.19.html

We really don’t know what’s going to happen next. I mean, the stock market has been doing a lot better in the past seven or eight months than the last two and a half years, but are we really out of the bare market or is this just a bare-market rally?
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/ … st.10.html

“We are officially in a bare market for technology stocks.” Richard Hudson
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/busin … 1000.shtml

It should also be remembered that dividend paying stocks will outperform non-dividend paying stocks in a bare market
http://archives.tcm.ie/businesspost/200 … 466038.asp

The year in fashion did not lack variety, ranging from a bull market in nostalgia for women to a bare market even for the male epidermis. ...
http://encarta.msn.com/sidebar_17415819 … shion.html
[This one may be an example of wordplay—I’m not sure.]

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