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Posted by ESC on January 23, 2005

In Reply to: The air is rare and thin posted by Bruce Kahl on January 23, 2005

: : been looking for days now and haven't found any reference to this. understand it implies a priviledged club or neighborhood. maybe this is a badly bastardized quote but it's all I can remember. grateful for any help.

: It is a fact of physics that as you start leaving the earth's atmosphere the amount of oxygen molecules, AKA air, decreases.

: Anything "up", whether it be your moving in a spaceship out of the earth's atmosphere or your being in a special neighborhood or your belonging to a special club or a socio-economic level, brings you to an area where the "air" is rare and thin.

The phrase made me think of this word:

Main Entry: rar·e·fied
Variant(s): also rar·i·fied /'rar-&-"fId, 'rer-/
Function: adjective
1 : of, relating to, or interesting to a select group : ESOTERIC
2 : very high

(From Merriam-Webster)

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