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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Definitions for goldilocks

  1. (usually initial capital letter) not being extreme or not varying drastically between extremes, especially between hot and cold: a Goldilocks economy that is neither overheated nor too cold to cause arecession; a goldilocks planet such as Earth.
  2. (used with a singular verb) a person with golden hair.

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Citations for goldilocks
For future generations to realize the search for distant “Goldilocks planets,” this generation must work harder to protect our own. Alan S. Fintz, "Letter to the Editor: The Good Earth," New York Times, February 1, 2011
Short-story collections prove to be a solution to folks who are “too busy to read” or are trying to find a way to break up a monotonous commute becoming the “just right” in a Goldilocks situation. Nicole Y. Chung, "9 short-story collections we can't wait to read this fall," Washington Post, September 18, 2017
Origin of goldilocks
1540-1550
Little new or unknown can be said about Goldilocks, but in the late 1980s astronomers began using the phrases Goldilocks planet or Goldilocks zone for planets in our solar system exoplanets that are not too hot, not too cold for supporting life (as we know it on earth).