[Ads-l] twentysomething

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 23 15:58:06 UTC 2016


Google Books shows about 14,000 exx. of "thirtysomethings," but 43,000 exx.
of "twentysomethings."

About a thousand for "eightysomethings."

I assumed that the plural forms are the more common.

JL

On Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 8:40 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Perhaps "twentysomething" is the new "thirtysomething"...
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> DanG
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> On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 1:24 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
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> > No *way*!
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> > All right, way.
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> > But the principle remains.  "Twentysomething" is fully lexicalized, and
> > more common - at least in my life - than "thirtysomething."
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> > JL
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> > On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 12:46 PM, David Daniel <dad at coarsecourses.com>
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> > > The 90's TV show was called Thirtysomething. That should make it easier
> > to
> > > Google.
> > > DAD
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> > > Enviada em: ter=E7a-feira, 22 de mar=E7o de 2016 13:05
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> > > Assunto: twentysomething
> > > Poster:       Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> > > Subject:      twentysomething
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> > > The middle-aged may recall that the age-related twentysomething" was
> > > popularized by the circa 1990 TV series of the same name - which
> appears
> > > to=
> > >
> > > have left precious little trace on the Net that I can find quickly.
> > >
> > > Here it means "twenty [some-] odd" or "some twenty":
> > >
> > > CNN crawl:
> > >
> > > "20 something dissidents were detained by Cuban authorities."
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> > > JL
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