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-/
1 : of, relating to, or interesting to a select group : ESOTERIC
2 : very high