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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.