Adulthood: Someday we all have to grow up


We all have to grow up someday! In this episode, we talk about becoming and adult and the different generations of adults in North America, and we discuss some of the slang terms that describe various types of adults. We talk about it all, up to having kids and going on parental leave. Listen in to find out whether Maura really is a yuppie!

Maura Harp

Harp: A yuppie is a young urban professional. That’s what it stands for.
Maura: Right. So the Y-U-P at the beginning of yuppies stands for young urban professionals. This means that the people who are yuppies are young, they’re urban, which means they live in a big city…
Harp: And they’re professional. They have some sort of professional career. They’re white collar; they usually work in an office; they have some sort of professional job.
Maura: Right. And this also implies that they’re probably making pretty good money.
Harp: Yes. Now in terms of young, a yuppie could be anyone who’s 21 who has a professional job, up to 40. There’s no real set age to be a yuppie.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

The two pronunciations of adult The two way of saying the name of the letter Z
Or so A baby boomer, Generation X, and Generation Y
A boomerang kid and the Boomerang Generation A yuppie
White collar Clean cut
Technically A dink/a dinky
The suburbs Maternity, paternity, and parental leave
A stay-at-home mom or dad

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Image courtesy of English with Jo

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