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What do you call a money printing machine? And what do you call the method of inflating the money supply by resorting to simply printing it (my supposition is you can use the same phrase for both purposes but with different articles)?

The government decided to raise wages ahead of the election with [the printing machine]; in a few months, hyperinflation plunged the country into a severe economic crisis.

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  • [The government decided to raise wages ahead of the election with [the printing machine]; in a few months, hyperinflation plunged the country into a severe economic crisis.=buzzer] Correction: The government decided to raise wages ahead of the election by printing money; in a few months, hyperinflation plunged the country into a severe economic crisis. Comment: A machine cannot raise wages. – Lambie Feb 17 at 14:41
  • @Lambie Is there a noun phrase for that method of increasing the money supply OTHER THAN those with ing-words (I thought they were gerunds but whatever)? You know, like 'bench press' etc. – Sergey Zolotarev Feb 17 at 16:20
  • What is the matter with you? bench press is a noun, money printing is a noun, skydiving is a noun, surfing is a noun. – Lambie Feb 17 at 17:05
  • @Lambie I'm wondering about a noun PHRASE. Two nouns functioning as one – Sergey Zolotarev Feb 17 at 17:30
  • money printing IS a noun phrase. Money is a noun; printing is a noun. Printing [noun] is something I learned in college. Money is something I would like more of. You need to read this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noun_phrase – Lambie Feb 17 at 17:38
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"by printing money". Printing money is a method for increasing the money supply.

money is printed via offset or intaglio printing machines.

money printing

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  • Still, is there a noun phrase for the method? – Sergey Zolotarev Feb 15 at 18:06
  • Let me give you an example. You have the word 'gibbet' which refers to an object. But you can put 'the' in front of it and you'll get a method. Is this possible with 'printing machine'? If not, is there some noun phrase that describes the method (no, I don't see 'money printing' as a noun phrase)? – Sergey Zolotarev Feb 16 at 5:23
  • "But you can put 'the' in front of it and you'll get a method. Is this possible with 'printing machine'?" – Sergey Zolotarev Feb 16 at 18:14
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    @SergeyZolotarev Again, you are playing games. Any noun can take "the", which I really assume you know at this point. Also, you contradict yourself as the gibbet is NOT a noun phrase. – Lambie Feb 16 at 18:17
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    Please stop repeating stuff about what has already been said. And changing your question into something else. No, the cannot transform an object into a method, whatever that means. And gibbeting requires no the and the gibbet is not a method. It is the object from which the cage hangs. – Lambie Feb 16 at 18:38
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The current buzzphrase for this phenomenon is Quantitative Easing.

The term is used as a euphemism for the simple printing money. An increasing number of governmental central banks are using this term. Probably to disguise the fact that they are just simply printing money.

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