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 for Real World
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  real world
      n 1: the practical world as opposed to the academic world; "a
           good consultant must have a lot of experience in the real
           world" [syn: real world, real life]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  Real World
   n.
  
      1. Those institutions at which ?programming? may be used in the same
      sentence as ?FORTRAN?, ?{COBOL?, ?RPG?, ?{IBM}?, ?DBASE?, etc. Places
      where programs do such commercially necessary but intellectually
      uninspiring things as generating payroll checks and invoices.
  
      2. The location of non-programmers and activities not related to
      programming.
  
      3. A bizarre dimension in which the standard dress is shirt and tie and in
      which a person's working hours are defined as 9 to 5 (see code grinder).
  
      4. Anywhere outside a university. ?Poor fellow, he's left MIT and gone into
      the Real World.? Used pejoratively by those not in residence there. In
      conversation, talking of someone who has entered the Real World is not
      unlike speaking of a deceased person. It is also noteworthy that on the
      campus of Cambridge University in England, there is a gaily-painted
      lamp-post which bears the label ?REALITY CHECKPOINT?. It marks the boundary
      between university and the Real World; check your notions of reality before
      passing. This joke is funnier because the Cambridge ?campus? is actually
      coextensive with the center of Cambridge town. See also fear and loathing
      , mundane, and uninteresting.
  
      [cobol]
  
      ()
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Real World
  
     1. Those institutions at which "programming" may be used in
     the same sentence as "Fortran", "{COBOL", "RPG", "{IBM}",
     "DBASE", etc.  Places where programs do such commercially
     necessary but intellectually uninspiring things as generating
     payroll checks and invoices.
  
     2. The location of non-programmers and activities not related
     to programming.
  
     3. A bizarre dimension in which the standard dress is shirt
     and tie and in which a person's working hours are defined as 9
     to 5 (see code grinder).
  
     4. Anywhere outside a university.  "Poor fellow, he's left MIT
     and gone into the Real World."  Used pejoratively by those not
     in residence there.  In conversation, talking of someone who
     has entered the Real World is not unlike speaking of a
     deceased person.  It is also noteworthy that on the campus of
     Cambridge University in England, there is a gaily-painted
     lamp-post which bears the label "REALITY CHECKPOINT".  It
     marks the boundary between university and the Real World;
     check your notions of reality before passing.  This joke is
     funnier because the Cambridge "campus" is actually coextensive
     with the centre of Cambridge.
  
     See also fear and loathing, mundane, uninteresting.
  

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