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Word of the Day for Tuesday, 22 May 2018

adultescent

[ad-uhl-tes-uhnt, uh-duhl-]

noun

1.a young adult or middle-aged person who has interests, traits, etc., that are usually associated with teenagers.

QUOTES

It almost seems as if we’re actively trying to raise a nation of “adultescents.”

-- Elizabeth Kolbert, "Spoiled Rotten," The New Yorker, July 2, 2012

ORIGIN

The informal noun kidult, a combination of kid and adult, which dates from about 1960, has mostly been replaced by the equally informal noun adultescent (from adult and adolescent), which first appears in the mid-1990s.

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