Pool of Eligibles: people whom our society has defined as acceptable marriage partners for us
The Marriage Squeeze: the imbalances in the ration of marriage-aged men to marriage men to marriage-aged women causes one sex to have a more limited pool of eligibles than does that other
- Marriage Gradient: men tend to marry women who are slightly lower down the social class continuum (younger, poorer, less educated); accordingly, the pool of eligible mates for men increases as they get older, richer and more educated.
- The converse is true for women
Propinquity: denotes proximity or closeness in place and space