One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounthe Overton window
The spectrum of ideas on public policy and social issues considered acceptable by the general public at a given time.‘I suppose the Overton window is shifting, but slowly’
Early 21st century: named after Joseph P. Overton (1960–2003) former vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in the US, who developed the concept.
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