the dismal science
taken for granted maybe a classic disease. I just heard a phrase since years ago but never have the curiosity to know more deeply. so, this is about dismal science. everybody said that economics is dismal science. the question, where the phrase come from? google and wikipedia just the best combination. the answer is all on the net. google and wikipedia just help you find it more easily. so, the phrase created by Thomas Carlyle. wikipedia said:
"The dismal science" is a derogatory alternative name for economics devised by the Victorian historian Thomas Carlyle in the 19th century. The term is an inversion of the phrase "gay science," meaning "life-enhancing knowledge", a reference to the technical skills of song and verse writing. This was a familiar expression at the time, and was later adopted as the title of a book by Nietzsche (see The Gay Science).