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A.Word.A.Day--adultescent

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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."
So Many Choices, So Little Time; New Zealand Herald; Apr 10, 2006.

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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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