Disparity: follow the link to the free online dictionary http://www.thefreedictionary.com/disparity
A mate and I were catching up at a 1920’s themed costume party recently and the conversation naturally turned to the release of Baz Luhrmann’s latest efforts.
My friend was quite taken with the glitz and glamour of the era and advocated the immediate procurement of a time machine so he could go back and live then, and thus always be able to wear spats on his shoes.
I opined that the glitz and glamour just reinforces for me the expanse, the gap, between the classes at that time. (I’m not suggesting at all that the expanse is less or more now, I’m just saying that the manner of dress seemed to make it more immediately obvious then. Where now, in a country with the availability of easy credit, store cards and knock-offs, it is not so immediately obvious).
Even when I was saying it I knew there was a better word, not to say expanse is wrong (the free online dictionary definition: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/expanse), but it more denotes the description of landscape. And gap offers a more military or mathematical explanation of distance.
My friend certainly agreed, and in doing so corrected my lethologica moment, offering this: Yes, the style of dress and lifestyle clearly highlights the disparity between rich and poor, although I’m sure this is exacerbated through the lens of cinematic reflection.
Why didn’t I think of that?