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

Nancy Friedman nancyf at WORDWORKING.COM
Thu Jan 7 05:53:46 UTC 2016

I found a 2011 citation for "adulting," which was one of my words of the week last year.



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From: ADSGarson O'Toole [mailto:adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2016 4:28 PM
Subject: Word: Adulting (adult as a verb)

Website: Patheos
Article: "Adulting" is an Indictment of Society, Not of Millennials
Author: John Beckett
Date: January 5, 2016


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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:

    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]

Urban Dictionary has an entry for "adulting" from June 2015.


[Begin excerpt]
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]


The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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