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Yuppie

Definition

"Yuppie" is a term coined in the early 1980s for a young professional person working in a city.

What is 'Yuppie'

Yuppie is a slang term denoting the market segment of young urban professionals. A yuppie is often characterized by youth, affluence and business success.

Explaining 'Yuppie'

Coined in the 1980s, the term yuppie was used as a derogatory title for young business people who were considered arrogant, undeservedly wealthy and obnoxious. Yuppies were often associated with wearing high fashion clothing, driving BMWs and gloating about their successes. The term has become less of a stereotype and now promotes the image of an affluent professional.

History of the Term Yuppie

There is some debate over who first coined the term yuppie, but many attribute this to Joseph Epstein, writer and former editor of The American Scholar. However, the first printed instance of yuppie was in a May 1980 issue of Chicago magazine entitled "From Yippie to Yuppie." Yippies, in stark contrast to yuppies, were affiliates of the Youth International Party, a counterculture group that emerged in the late 1960s.


Further Reading


Stressed out on four continents: Time crunch or yuppie kvetch?
www.mitpressjournals.org [PDF]
… 1 A group of young, well-educated, urban economic elites— China's “yuppie corps”—has recently … Young and prominent economic elites in China's top business firms are also rising stars … TCL Corp., were recently accused by critics like Hong Kong-based economist Larry Lang …

'Red mobs','yuppies','lamb heads' and others: contacts, informal networks and politics in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania'Red mobs','yuppies','lamb heads' and others: contacts, informal networks and politics in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… 1 A group of young, well-educated, urban economic elites— China's “yuppie corps”—has recently … Young and prominent economic elites in China's top business firms are also rising stars … TCL Corp., were recently accused by critics like Hong Kong-based economist Larry Lang …

Yuppies, yuffies and the new urban orderYuppies, yuffies and the new urban order
www.jstor.org [PDF]
… 1 A group of young, well-educated, urban economic elites— China's “yuppie corps”—has recently … Young and prominent economic elites in China's top business firms are also rising stars … TCL Corp., were recently accused by critics like Hong Kong-based economist Larry Lang …

Of yuppies and housing: gentrification, social restructuring, and the urban dreamOf yuppies and housing: gentrification, social restructuring, and the urban dream
journals.sagepub.com [PDF]
… 1 A group of young, well-educated, urban economic elites— China's “yuppie corps”—has recently … Young and prominent economic elites in China's top business firms are also rising stars … TCL Corp., were recently accused by critics like Hong Kong-based economist Larry Lang …

Fast food/organic food: Reflexive tastes and the making of'yuppie chow'Fast food/organic food: Reflexive tastes and the making of'yuppie chow'
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… 1 A group of young, well-educated, urban economic elites— China's “yuppie corps”—has recently … Young and prominent economic elites in China's top business firms are also rising stars … TCL Corp., were recently accused by critics like Hong Kong-based economist Larry Lang …

How has mobile phone penetration stimulated financial development in Africa?How has mobile phone penetration stimulated financial development in Africa?
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… 1 A group of young, well-educated, urban economic elites— China's “yuppie corps”—has recently … Young and prominent economic elites in China's top business firms are also rising stars … TCL Corp., were recently accused by critics like Hong Kong-based economist Larry Lang …

Economics fit for the Queen: a pessimistic assessment of its prospectsEconomics fit for the Queen: a pessimistic assessment of its prospects
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… 1 A group of young, well-educated, urban economic elites— China's “yuppie corps”—has recently … Young and prominent economic elites in China's top business firms are also rising stars … TCL Corp., were recently accused by critics like Hong Kong-based economist Larry Lang …


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