"It's not a small world, it's a small bourgeois clique"

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Whenever someone says "it's a small world" or some such, I respond with something I heard from a former boss:

It's not a small world, it's a small bourgeois clique.

Maybe it's just me, but I think that's a really cool phrase (which I just used twice today, so that reminded me to blog about it). I once tracked down the person who is its apparent originator—Deborah Chinn—and I'd thought I'd pass along both the phrase and the credit.