Thursday, 5th February 2015

by Joshua Gaskell

Six degrees of separation, phr.

Pronunciation: /sɪks dɪˈɡriːz əv sɛpəˈreɪʃən/
Etymology: < John Guare’s 1990 play of that name < Stanley Milgram’s 1967 ‘small world phenomenon’ < Frigyes Karinthy’s 1929 short story “Láncszemek”.

1. The theory that if someone is one ‘step’ away from each person they know, and two steps from each person known by them, then everyone is on average six steps away from every other person on earth.
2. What an over-qualified divorce lawyer has.