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Courtesy: All Hat No Cattle

Courtesy: All Hat No Cattle

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Affluenza – blame the parents

Affluenza may be a new concept for me, but the word’s been around for decades and was the topic of a PBS documentary in 1997 and at least two books – in 2001 and 2006 – one of which describes affluenza as a “painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition.” Ouch. According to the online Oxford Dictionary, the noun originated way back in the 1970s. I guess the rich have been suffering for much longer than I ever would have thought.