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.
A tremendous howl was heard from the Arabs, but, completely engrossed by the pursuit, they had not taken notice of the balloon, which was now but five hundred paces behind them, and only about thirty feet from the ground.
Joe clung with all his strength to the ladder during the wide oscillations that it had to describe, and then making an indescribable gesture to the Arabs, and climbing with the agility of a monkey, he sprang up to his companions, who received him with open arms.
Then the Arabs, finding themselves seriously injured by the balls from the fleet, and beholding the destruction and the ruin of their walls, uttered the most fearful cries.
"The vicomte was summoned to surrender by the Arabs, but he made them a negative sign with his head, and continued to march towards the palisades.
The sergeant with his detail met the Arabs two hundred yards from the camp.
The Arab's left hand was hidden beneath his burnous.
And thus it was that Achmet Zek, the Arab, found him.
The Arab turned and seeing the open eyes of the prisoner upon him, entered the tent.
Of course the real name of the place is El something or other, but the boys still refuse to recognize the Arab names or try to pronounce them.
I hope that in future I may be spared any more sentimental praises of the Arab's idolatry of his horse.