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I asked one of my friends what a hipster was the other day as it's becoming a popular term and he replied:

"It's a person who's inside 95% of the bell curve while claiming they're an outlier."

I'm curious what the proper English phrase for inside 95% of the bell curve is?

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    I think that is implying that a hipster is someone who conforms to a high degree with everyone else (in other words, a conformist) but thinks they're a non-conformist. – Kristina Lopez Nov 25 '15 at 15:26
  • I'd say it's a mathematical expression, and you probably wouldn't want to hear it. 95% of the area under the normal distribution curve lies within 1.96 standard deviations of the mean. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 25 '15 at 15:27
  • @KristinaLopez LOL, this has nothing to do with hipsters - hipster was an example of how someone is using an expression/phrase. I'm asking about the expression/phrase. – DoubleVu Nov 25 '15 at 15:34
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    Well, your question used "hipster". I connected that contextually to the "inside 95% of the bell curve" to come up with conformist - which is another way to describe a person inside 95% of the bell curve. – Kristina Lopez Nov 25 '15 at 15:47
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Because it is such a technical issue of statistics, the bell curve is more jargon than common usage.

There is , therefore, no real proper English phrase.

I'm almost tempted to say that "within 3 standard deviations of the mean" is as common as any other usage. But only because that would be the most common way of putting it in the jargon.

  • So within 3 standard deviations of the mean, but thinks they're an outlier. That does have a ring to it. – DoubleVu Nov 25 '15 at 15:32

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