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    Question Shortage in stiffs

    What is the meaning of 'shortage in stiffs' in the following sentence?

    "Admittedly, this fact sounds like the setup for a punch line, but the cause of the shortage of stiffs contains lessons for politicians and business leaderr alkie."

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    Re: Shortage in stiffs

    "Stiff" is slang for a dead body, but I cannot imagine how that works in the context you've quoted, unless they are talking about medical schools or something.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Shortage in stiffs

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "Stiff" is slang for a dead body, but I cannot imagine how that works in the context you've quoted, unless they are talking about medical schools or something.
    The article is about the phenomenon of "a one-percentage-point rise in the unemployment rate reduces the death rate by 0.5%". If "stiff' means dead body than I understand the meaning of the sentence. Thank you for your explanation. You have answered my question.

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