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 REAL WORLD, THE n. 1. In programming, those institutions at which
       programming may be used in the same sentence as FORTRAN, COBOL, RPG,
       IBM, etc. 2. To programmers, the location of non-programmers and
       activities not related to programming. 3. A universe in which the
       standard dress is shirt and tie and in which a person's working hours
       are defined as 9 to 5. 4. The location of the status quo. 5. Anywhere
       outside a university. "Poor fellow, he's left MIT and gone into
       the real world." Used pejoratively by those not in residence
       there. In conversation, talking of someone who has entered the real
       world is not unlike talking about a deceased person. 

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