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devil’s advocate

"[D]evil’s advocates . . . engaged in the time-honored process of arguing one side of a proposition in order to test the other’s flaws. That name dates back to the 17th century, when the Roman Catholic Church created an office popularly known as the advocatus diaboli — a person tasked with making the case against [...]

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authenticity

        "Authenticity is like authority or charisma: If you have to tell people you have it, then you probably don't." --Andrew Potter "Whenever you find something described as authentic, you know that you are already in the realm of fake authenticity," says Andrew Potter in his recent book "The Authenticity Hoax." It's not unlike [...]

BRIC

acronym for the four large, rapidly growing economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China          Jim O’Neill, the chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management . . . is perhaps best known as the economist who nearly a decade ago coined the acronym BRIC — for Brazil, Russia, India and China — developing economies that, [...]