misery index


Definition of misery index 

: the sum of the rate of unemployment and the rate of inflation used as an economic indicator

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Winds from the northwest at 10 to 20 mph with higher gusts at times add to the cold weather misery index. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Mild today, frigid tonight and more snow potentially on the way," 12 Dec. 2017 The misery index, when calculated by Elliott’s superhuman standards, is astronomical. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Dover takeaways: Does NASCAR have new playoff favorite?," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of misery index

1975, in the meaning defined above

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