Fiction has raised our crime-solving expectations, but how much high-tech equipment is being used in the real world?
So there was no real world Wide Web, much less social networks that we take for granted today.
The scene below me feels like a little slice of the real world.
In the real world, foreign policy often consists of helping to broker outcomes that are merely bad, not catastrophic.
But novelists rarely take much notice of the real world, making, as they do, such fascinatingly unreal worlds of their own.
She had only felt things which had nothing to do with the real world.
Yes; I know why the real world has ever seemed to me so false and cold.
His energy is too often deflected toward fictitious goals located outside of the real world.
But it is an ocean utterly different from what we have in the real world.
Then for a long while the vague waters, then for a long while a little vague land or spirit-of-planet before a real world.
1. Those institutions at which "programming" may be used in the same sentence as "Fortran", "COBOL", "RPG", "IBM", "DBASE", etc. Places where programs do such commercially necessary but intellectually uninspiring things as generating payroll checks and invoices.
2. The location of non-programmers and activities not related to programming.
3. A bizarre dimension in which the standard dress is shirt and tie and in which a person's working hours are defined as 9 to 5 (see code grinder).
4. Anywhere outside a university. "Poor fellow, he's left MIT and gone into the Real World." Used pejoratively by those not in residence there. In conversation, talking of someone who has entered the Real World is not unlike speaking of a deceased person. It is also noteworthy that on the campus of Cambridge University in England, there is a gaily-painted lamp-post which bears the label "REALITY CHECKPOINT". It marks the boundary between university and the Real World; check your notions of reality before passing. This joke is funnier because the Cambridge "campus" is actually coextensive with the centre of Cambridge.
See also fear and loathing, mundane, uninteresting.