The Arabs

The Arabs

During the 1980s, a slang term describing the cause for any unpredictable or unexplainable upswing or downswing in the markets. That is, when traders could not explain why the market moved in a certain way, they would jokingly blame (or credit) "the Arabs." The term was popularized by the book Liar's Poker, which describes the author's experience as a bond trader on Wall Street in the 1980s.
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Then the Arabs melted through the doorway into the darkness of the court.
So closely packed was the howling, cursing mob that no weapon could be wielded to advantage, and none of the Arabs dared use a firearm for fear of wounding one of his compatriots.
The sergeant with his detail met the Arabs two hundred yards from the camp.
Then he went very white and took a half-step toward the Arab.
Keep your money, monseigneur; war is to be waged among the Arabs with gold as well as lead.
But, for all that, the crime would ruin us among the Arabs, all the more because it was something like a crime against hospitality.
Near Toro are several wells, which, as the Arabs tell us, were dug by the order of Moses to quiet the clamours of the thirsty Israelites.
But after a short time, when we had reached the confines of the country with which the men of our village were familiar and had entered upon a desolate and arid desert waste, the Arabs realized at last that we were lost.
It is more intelligible to me why I should have read Conde's 'Dominion of the Arabs in Spain;' for that was in the line of my reading in Irving, which would account for my pleasure in the 'History of the Civil Wars of Granada;' it was some time before I realized that the chronicles in this were a bundle of romances and not veritable records; and my whole study in these things was wholly undirected and unenlightened.
THE plains over which the travellers were journeying continued to be destitute of trees or even shrubs; insomuch that they had to use the dung of the buffalo for fuel, as the Arabs of the desert use that of the camel.
And thus it was that Achmet Zek, the Arab, found him.
She first drank herself, according to the Arab custom, and then filled it for her sisters.