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  • n. A member of the top one percent of a population by wealth, ability, etc. (same as the ninety-ninth percentile).
  • n. An esoteric joke which is unlikely to be appreciated by a general audience.
  • n. One who seeks or is granted honor far greater than their perceived contribution would warrant.
  • n. One who wishes to be recognized for an idea without putting forth the "ninety-nine percent perspiration" needed to implement that idea.
  • n. An outlaw biker, such as a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club.


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one + percent +‎ -er. After Thomas Edison: "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." The motorcycling sense comes from a supposed 1948 statement by the American Motorcycle Association that ninety-nine percent of motorcyclists are good people enjoying a clean sport, and it is only one percent who are antisocial barbarians.



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