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October 13, 2011

Give a fair shake to definition of fair

If you've ever encountered a toddler who has begun to be aware of the world, you've undoubtedly heard the word "mine."

Everything is "mine," whether it is or not. When there are siblings involved, all-out battles can sometime ensue.

What's even more interesting among siblings is the idea of "fair." Children want everything to be "fair," but that definition differs among them.

The oldest child's definition of "fair" sure isn't the same as the younger one's.

Our society has developed several idioms for fair because it really does hit us squarely in the gut when we don't perceive things as "fair."

Some of those include:

"¢ fair and square

"¢ square deal

"¢ fair shake

"¢ level playing field

"¢ even steven

"¢ fifty-fifty

"¢ stick to the bargain

"¢ straight up

"¢ do the right thing

"¢ fair crack at it

"¢ fair enough

"¢ fair's fair

"¢ in a fair way

"¢ fair game

So you can see, fair really pervades our sense of right, especially when we are children.

It probably does for adults, too, we just may not be as vocal about it.

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Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at librarycorner.

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