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Peanut Galleries

What is a 'peanut gallery'?

Derived from the idiom "comments from the peanut gallery" -- the cheap seats in the balcony of a theater. Young people used to occupy this section and eat peanuts, annoying people down below by dropping the shells on their heads. It also means any group of people whose comments on a particular issue are considered less than important. In terms of multiplicity, "peanut gallery" refers to the system's random thoughts and comments which don't always have a definite point of origin, or a group of people in the Back whom are not specifically identified. "Someone in the peanut gallery just said 'Yes.'" Edited by Jay, Astraea

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