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Occupying a point outside the shifting boundaries of social convention, like a same-sex couple before the 1970s or a twenty-two-year-old virgin today. Others now living beyond the fringe include rhyming poets, English-speaking cab drivers, solitary restaurant patrons, celibate celebrities, non academics who read anything written before 1920, businesspeople who read anything written before last Friday, Japanese underachievers, American students who can locate Japan on a map, and anyone who still says whom.
Excerpted from The Cynics Dictionary. Copyright © 1994 by Rick Bayan.