from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group of two or more people who imagine or are manipulated to believe they share a connection based on some circumstance of little or no real significance.


Coined by Kurt Vonnegut in the 1963 science fiction novel, Cat's Cradle, in which Vonnegut described the term as referencing a false karass, or "a proud and meaningless association of human beings"; later adopted by market researchers and social scientists (Wiktionary)



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  • Any large bureaucratic figment of people's imagination.

    May 12, 2008

  • It is a sad day for us all.

    April 13, 2007

  • For Kurt Vonnegut, heir of Mark Twain, inspiration of a mad generation, bon voyage... You pushed the envelope of my irreverence. Thank you.

    April 12, 2007

  • "A false karass" - Cat's Cradle

    The example given is Hoosiers, people from Indiana.

    December 3, 2006