A word spotted in an article about television shopping in the January issue of 噂の真相:|
中抜きMany senses for 中抜き appear in dictionaries, though few note this meaning, which is well attested on the Web and at newspaper sites.
"Disintermediation" seems to have been a buzzword in Internet contexts in English four or five years ago. American Heritage, New Oxford American, and Collins English define it only in financial contexts--"Withdrawal of funds from intermediary financial institutions, such as banks and savings and loan associations, in order to invest in instruments yielding a higher return" (AH). Like 中抜き, however, "disintermediation" is used to refer to eliminating intermediate dealers in all types of commercial transactions.
(December 27, 2002)