Crime fog

noun

A totally imaginary crime wave. See: the recent Portland State University study showing that a majority of Oregonians believe the state’s crime rate has gone up—even though the crime rate is actually at a 43-year low. In a sentence: “We may need to build mirage prisons and deploy cops on unicorns to combat this severe crime fog.”

This article appeared in the April 2011 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.

Show Comments