Definitions

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  • 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.

Etymologies

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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

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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