30 July 2013 Last updated at 00:58

Who first called it a 'fiscal cliff'?Sign for cliff

The phrase is now part of the American lexicon, to describe a so-called economic catastrophe looming when tax cuts expire and spending cuts kick in. But where did the term come from and is it a good metaphor?

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