[Ads-l] Word: Adulting (adult as a verb)

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Thu Jan 7 02:24:36 UTC 2016


Grammar Girl chose it as her personal WOTY in 2014: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/2014-word-of-the-year-adulting?page=all



> On Jan 6, 2016, at 7:28 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Subject:      Word: Adulting (adult as a verb)
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> Website: Patheos
> Article: "Adulting" is an Indictment of Society, Not of Millennials
> Author: John Beckett
> Date: January 5, 2016
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> http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2016/01/adulting-is-an-indictment-=
> of-society-not-of-millennials.html
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> [Begin excerpt]
> Bashing Millennials seems to be the new national pastime. I see
> article after article about how they're entitled, fragile, and above
> all, immature. Perhaps nowhere is this more noticeable than in the
> complaints against those who use "adult" as a verb:
> 
>    I cooked a meal today -- I'm adulting.
>    They actually expect me to adult for eight hours every day.
>    I=E2=80=99m adulting -- I put on pants today.
> [End excerpt]
> 
> Urban Dictionary has an entry for "adulting" from June 2015.
> 
> http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=3DAdulting
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> [Begin excerpt]
> Adulting
> Adulting (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as,
> a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes
> one think of grown ups.
> 
> Used in a sentence: Jane is adulting quite well today as she is on
> time for work promptly at 8am and appears well groomed.
> 
> by Kguarna June 05, 2015
> [End excerpt]
> 
> Garson
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