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Definition of Missing Class

(noun) “[A] forgotten [part] of the [United States’] labor force—too prosperous to be the ‘working poor,’ too insecure to be ‘middle income'” (Newman and Chen 2008:2).

Etymology of Missing Class

Missing Class Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: miss·ing class

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /mIs-ing klAs/
  • British English – /mIs-ing klAHs/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈmɪsɪŋ klæs/
  • British English – /ˈmɪsɪŋ klɑːs/

Usage Note

  • Plural: missing classes

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Newman, Katherine S., and Victor Tan Chen. 2007. The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America. Boston: Beacon Press.

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