Economists sometimes refer to the current recession as a malaise, which I believe is a type of heavy, breakfast condiment. “Yes, waiter, I’ll have the Eggs Benedict with the malaise sauce.” I am guessing that they use the term “malaise” because it sounds less shocking than “extreme beating” or “catastrophe”. It doesn’t seem to fit the situation, though. When you misplace a $20, you experience a malaise. When you misplace the entire US economy, you experience cold sweats, violent nausea, and a look of shock usually only seen on drivers who barely missed being in a head on collision.