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A 'Dude' Tax? What About 'OMG' Or 'LOL'?

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A 'Dude' Tax? What About 'OMG' Or 'LOL'?

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A 'Dude' Tax? What About 'OMG' Or 'LOL'?

The Planet Money folks are at it again — explaining a complicated issue with humor and easy-to-understand examples. This time, the subject is "cap-and-trade" and the fun part is how a cap-and-trade on the over-used word "dude" might work. Here's how Planet Money's David Kestenbaum explained it to Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep:

A 'Dude' Tax? What About 'OMG' Or 'LOL'?

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David tells us that among the other over-used words or acronyms the Planet Money team considered using in its hypothetical were:

— "OMG" (oh my God, for those not in-the-know).

— "My bad."

— "You're fired."

We thought of "lol" (laugh out loud).

Anyone have some other examples of words, acronyms or phrases they'd like to see capped? Feel free to add them in the comment thread.

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