Word on the Street: Barwinism

What Portlanders are saying—or should be.

June 3, 2013 Published in the June 2013 issue of Portland Monthly

Barwinism  bär-wen-izem (n) 

The ability to adapt one’s manner, behavior, or appearance in order to successfully (and expeditiously) get a bartender’s attention.  In a sentence:  “If you want to get a drink, whatever you do, don’t raise your hand. Just silently nod and look cool. And take off those glasses; he hates anything ‘hipster.’ It’s pure barwinism in here.”  See also:  Survival of the hottest; Natural Light selection; Bro-Magnons

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