Word of the Day: “Zombie Debtor”

zombie debtor: n. An indebted consumer who is only able to pay the debt interest each month.

Example Citations:

“There’s a new term being coined for payday borrowers who are able only to pay the interest on their loans — zombie debtors — so that the principal debt just rolls on, and while there’s talk of those institutions having a code of conduct introduced, that’s only in the pipeline at present and we want people to know that there is an alternative in the shape of Scotcash,” he said.

—Joan McFadden, “Loan service launches attack on the zombies,” Herald Scotland, December 30, 2011

It is feared that 3.5m people will turn to payday lenders in the next six months but research shows that nearly two-thirds will regret the decision.Many will be unable to pay off the loan and risk becoming “zombie debtors“, only able to pay off the interest on what they owe.

—Nick Sommerlad, “Church of England ban on payday investments,” Daily Mirror, December 19, 2011

Via Word Spy

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