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06/20/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Goldman Sachs Fraud Metaphors: Which Ones Are The Best? (POLL)

The Goldman Sachs lawsuit is like catnip to financial reporters and their editors -- not just due to the dramatic intrigue of the scandal but because it also allows them to get a reprieve from the monotony of listing acronyms and detailing the minutiae of complicated deals on Wall Street.

Instead, financial scribes have their creative juices flowing to come up with the most imaginative analogies and metaphors for these highly complicated CDO structures that form the heart of the SEC lawsuit. The agency asserts that Goldman defrauded investors by not telling them that a hedge fund manager -- who wanted to short subprime mortgage securities -- was involved in deliberately choosing bad assets to be placed in this controversial deal.

Take a look at a sample of such analogies -- from burning homes to fixing prize fights -- and tell us which ones light a bulb in your brain and which ones still have you scratching your head.