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I heard the phrase "endemic to the problem" used in Marvel's Daredevil as follows:

A: [I could] have a little shop of my own.

B: You got your own office.

A: We have office space. An actual office would involve plantery[sic] and equipment, fax machines or whatever successful people use. (Chuckles) I don't think they use fax machines anymore. How would I know? Which is endemic to the problem.

Is this usage correct?

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No, endemic means either native to an area or habitat (for flora and fauna).

The tsetse fly is endemic to Africa.

For diseases, it can additionally mean commonly found in a population.

Hookworm is endemic to the poor in Appalachia

I can only guess what was meant by A. Perhaps "indicative of the problem."

  • I believe what was meant was "inherent" to the problem. – aparente001 Jan 19 '17 at 7:56
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Disagree. The primary definition applies here. Endemic of the condition, if the condition, is "the problem" applies. The author is saying, "Regularly found among [this] problem".

en·dem·ic enˈdemik/ adjective 1. (of a disease or condition) regularly found among particular people or in a certain area.

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