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NIMBY is an acronym for "not in my backyard." This is the term usually given to arguments from groups or individuals who demand a controversial development be built, as long as it is not built anywhere near where they live and work. NIMBY arguments generally follow requests for jails, necropolises, airports, power plants, rehabilitation facilities (such as methadone clinics), sewage treatment plants, recycling centers, and affordable housing projects, but have been stretched to include "job-creating" corporations like Wal-Mart.

History of the Term[edit]

The first recorded instance of the term NIMBY comes from a 1980 issue of the Christian Science Monitor[1], although it was then used in a way that suggested that others already knew the term. It was also used in a stand-up comedy routine by George Carlin.[2] The term and idea are not limited to one location or country, but instead seems to be a common sentiment.


"Not Against My Business or Interest" is a more abstract variation on this theme, in which someone is against a proposed regulation or plan because it could directly hurt one's business, despite being a good idea for the whole community.

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