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B&N Week 177: Peers--Who Are Yours?


Itís another bright and shiny Tuesday! Iím loving it!

Thatís all the introduction for today. Letís just jump into this weekís B&N question, shall we?

Peersówho are yours?

Interesting question, donít you think? Perhaps some definitions are in order, just so that weíre all on the same page.

Merriam-Webster defines the word as one that is of equal standing with another. Pretty simple, right? [Itís a simple definition, without going too deep and without giving examples.]

Methinks one more definition is in order, and that is contemporary [from which, we get contemporaries]. Again, we go back to Merriam-Webster, which defines it as happening, existing, living, or coming into being during the same period.

So, we have peers, and we have contemporaries. But, letís break it down a bit more, just to round it out fully. Are your parents your peers? No, they are not. Your brothers and sisters, cousins, or whatever, are more likely to be your peers than your parents. Just as long as youíre on equal footing with someone, youíre peers.

This is a roundabout way of saying that there are peer groups. Just because youíre not the peer of one doesnít mean youíre not the peer of someone else.

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