One article A recession in America by 2024 looks likely from The Economist has a subtitle named:

From the roaring to the raging 2020s

From Google's online Dictionary(which is from Oxford):

  • roaring means: making or uttering a loud, deep, or harsh prolonged sound
  • raging means: showing violent uncontrollable anger.

Although their meanings differ, they both seem to imply something terrible. "Roaring 20s" is commonly used phrase, but here "raging 2020s" is newly invented(they are trying to imply bearish). What is the logic here?

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    The 'Roaring 20s' is a fixed phrase; the reason it was/is so called can easily be found in say Wikipedia. The 'raging 2020s' is not a fixed phrase (though perhaps a group has chosen it as a name); it is a recent invention, modelling of course on the original. As to why the Economist uses the term: doubtless their article will explain. But it's as yet a non-standard usage. Jun 4 at 13:31
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    The Economist prides itself on using unusual usages. Especially in titles. Arnold Zwicky believes there is no linguistic depth they will not plumb to make a joke, a pun, an allusion, or a political comment -- ideally, all at once. Jun 4 at 14:46
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    The Economist subtitle might have something to do with a 2021 book by Alex Ross entitled The Raging 2020s
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 5 at 5:57
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    ' ... In France, the decade was known as the années folles ("crazy years"), emphasizing the era's social, artistic and cultural dynamism. Jazz blossomed, the flapper redefined the modern look for British and American women .... [emphasis mine]. So exuberant, risk-taking, progressive. Collins includes for 'roaring' very active or successful. Another dictionary has booming. Jun 5 at 14:07
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    The raging twenties sound a lot angrier. Jun 6 at 13:53


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