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This week's theme: newly coined words.
adultescent (uh-duhl-TES-uhnt) noun
An adult whose activities and interests are typically associated with youth culture.
[Blend of adult and adolescent. The term was first noticed in 1996 in a trade publication called Precision Marketing. Marketers love to come up with new ways to slice their demographics. Another such term is tween.]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"In the stupidly named Failure to Launch (a box office joke waiting to
happen, surely?), Matthew McConaughey plays a bachelor in his 30s who
still lives at home -- an adultescent, if you will."
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it -- and stop there -- lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one any more. -Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
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