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shoulder season


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  • noun travel industry The time between high and low season in a travel market, or, if the market is divided into four segments, the time just below high season.


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  • This phrase is used quite a lot when speaking of tourism (the months in Spring & Autumn between high and low seasons), but it's so recent the etymological source (if there is one) can't be found, at least not in the few minutes I have before the boss notices I'm not actually working. I'm reasonably sure it has to do with borrowing the definition of "shoulder" as that sloping, intermediary zone between pavement and wilderness.

    March 26, 2010