In the financial markets, the catch-phrase ‘He who sells what isn’t his’n, Must buy it back or go to Pris’n’ reminds the short-seller of the potential consequences of his actions – indeed, it keeps him in check. However, when it comes to ‘shorting money’ (i.e. taking on debt), different rules are deemed to apply. The adjusted catch-phrase seems to be rather more comforting; ‘He who sells what isn’t his’n, Must buy it back or go to Pris’n Congress’.

 

Cartoon - 'Go to Congress' instead of 'Go to Prison'

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