Word + Quiz: blasé

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Word + Quiz: blasé

1. nonchalantly unconcerned

2. uninterested because of frequent exposure or indulgence

3. very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world

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The word blasé has appeared in 41 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 25 in the Opinion essay “Wall Street Gets Worried About the Coronavirus” by Ruchir Sharma:

The big surprise was not that global markets fell sharply this week on fears of the coronavirus, but that it took so long for them to wake up to the threat. Before Monday, Wall Street was full of instant experts in epidemiology predicting — on the basis of widely circulated charts showing that the number of new cases had peaked in China — that “it’s over.”

…. Until last week, Wall Street was unusually blasé about the coronavirus too, and had reacted with far less alarm than it did during any of the eight global contagions since World War II. Not only had market players been lulled into complacency by easy money and the long calm of the bull market, but they also began this year in a state of unbridled optimism. The buzzword on Wall Street was “melt-up,” suggesting stocks could rise as fast in 2020 as they normally fall in a meltdown.


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