30+ Other Names for “Debt”

by J. Money -

debt handcuffs

So this list was a lot harder to put together than our money one :)

Apparently there’s a lot less synonyms for debt than there is moolah which was surprising? (Though really *anything* that goes along with “SUCK” can easily be substituted here, haha…)

For Kari, who challenged me to come up with this list…

A bunch of other words for “debt”:

  • Albatross
  • Baggage
  • Bloodsucker
  • Burden
  • Buyorrhea (<– something Mr Money Mustache would make up! Haha…)
  • Chains
  • Deficit
  • Embarrassment
  • Encumbrance
  • Guilt
  • Handcuffs
  • Hindrance
  • In the hole
  • In the red
  • Indebtedness
  • IOU
  • Leech
  • Leverage (<– for those who love debt ;))
  • Liability
  • Lien
  • Load
  • Note
  • Obligation
  • Parasite
  • Reckoning
  • Responsibility
  • Shackles
  • Slavery
  • Soul Crusher
  • Stress
  • SUCK
  • Tab
  • Weight

And… that’s all I’ve got.

I tried googling “slang for debt” but that was quickly a no go, haha….

slang for debt

What do you guys like calling it? Anything good?

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For our list on 60 different words for “money”, click here.

ADDENDUM: Here are a few more from the community!

  • ANCHOR
  • Cement shoes
  • Credit
  • Disease
  • Gambling (against your future self)
  • Millstone
  • Monkey on the back
  • “My epic fail” (Haha…)
  • Negative Equity
  • OPM (other people’s money)
  • Over a barrel Vowels (Victorian English reference of IOU’s)
  • Yoke

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kevin November 13, 2019 at 7:22 am

“Soul Crusher” <– Yessss! That's just how it feels!

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2 J. Money November 13, 2019 at 9:35 am

The only nice thing about that is that it hopefully fires you up to get rid of it even faster! :)

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3 Roberta November 13, 2019 at 7:56 am

Negative Equity is the one that car loan people like to use.

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4 J. Money November 13, 2019 at 9:36 am

yes – good one!

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5 Christine November 13, 2019 at 8:09 am

Good list! How about “Gambling against your future self”? Not a quippy term, and not sure if it’s even accurate but it feels like it when you have debt.

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6 J. Money November 13, 2019 at 9:37 am

Haha, truth…

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7 Joe November 13, 2019 at 11:22 am

Trinkets

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8 J. Money November 13, 2019 at 11:29 am

Is that what you call it, or what CAUSES it? Haha…

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9 pdavrnport November 13, 2019 at 9:03 pm

lifeblood vampire or cashflow leech

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10 J. Money November 14, 2019 at 6:52 am

Great combos of some of the words up there!

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11 Joan November 13, 2019 at 9:44 pm

“Poor Tax”

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12 J. Money November 14, 2019 at 6:53 am

Also a popular one for “lottery” :)

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13 Kari November 14, 2019 at 7:50 pm

Nicely done! :-)

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14 J. Money November 15, 2019 at 2:54 pm

SCORE!!!

It was all for you! Haha…

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15 John @ The Little Dollar November 19, 2019 at 6:21 pm

I’m loving the evil ones lol.. But my favorite is leverage

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16 J. Money November 20, 2019 at 6:49 am

Sounds like you know how to use it :)

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