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RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

When, if ever, will the name Madoff be used synonamously with the meaning of "rippoff"?

Asked by RealEyesRealizeRealLies (30877points) June 29th, 2009

We do this all the time. Calling someone a “Nazi”, or accusing someone of being a “Little Hitler” is common enough to associate the essence of being with popular terminology.

Think “Kevorkian” as used by Conservatives to illustrate a heartless murderer of the helpless.

Last night I pulled a “Homer”, using a shoe for a hammer.

Does Madoff deserve this company? How about Bush?

Does the term “jonesing” have anything to do with Jim Jones and Jonestown, Guyana?

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eponymoushipster's avatar

It already is.

Someone “madoff” with a ton of people’s money.

marinelife's avatar

You are too late. Here is the Urban Dictionary entry.


noun, verb, Madoffed, Madoffing.

1. To scam and completely screw over someone financially, especially in cases where a Ponzi scheme is involved.

2. A person who scams and screws over other people financially often with the use of a Ponzi scheme.”

eponymoushipster's avatar

@Marina nice.

The “eponymoushipster” entry?
1. to pleasure instensely

Allie's avatar

I’ve already heard people use it as a verb. “That cashier totally Madoff-ed me.” Like, they charged me so much, or you got cheated. Yes, it’s already in use.

SuperMouse's avatar

Ponzi got a scheme named after him, why not honor Madoff in the same dubious manner.

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