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

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 7 08:38:35 UTC 2016


Thanks Neal and Nancy. I apologize for not seeing the valuable posts
of Mignon Fogarty and Nancy about "adulting".

On the other ADS thread titled "News: Topsy Reaches Bottomsy" I
mentioned "adulting", and Ben and Jesse pointed to multiple tweets in
2009 containing the term although the intended meaning was not always
clear (to me). Here is a link to Jesse's post and Ben's post:

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2016-January/140340.html

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2016-January/140339.html

Garson

On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 12:53 AM, Nancy Friedman <nancyf at wordworking.com> wrote:
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> I found a 2011 citation for "adulting," which was one of my words of the =
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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-indictmen=
> t-of-society-not-of-millennials.html
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> 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:
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>     I cooked a meal today -- I'm adulting.
>     They actually expect me to adult for eight hours every day.
>     I m adulting -- I put on pants today.
> [End excerpt]
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> Urban Dictionary has an entry for "adulting" from June 2015.
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> 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.
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> Used in a sentence: Jane is adulting quite well today as she is on time =
> for work promptly at 8am and appears well groomed.
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> by Kguarna June 05, 2015
> [End excerpt]
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> Garson
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