Monday, June 28, 2010

It's a Yuppie, Yuppie World

I have never seen so many yuppies in my life as in New York City.  It's a breeding ground for the yups. A feeding frenzy for the young & ambitious.  I hear that term thrown around all the time & thought I'd look into what exactly a "yuppie" entails. Is it an insult or an endearing term? I'm still not quite sure. I guess it all depends on your point of view.

A "Yup" is defined as both:
(Y)oung (U)rban (P)rofessional
OR a
(Y)oung (U)pcoming (P)rofessional

The term was developed in the 1980s to describe the "new breed" of young, business professionals with flashy lifestyles and a love of fashion. It was meant to classify a new generation of people with the materialistic, monetary-based values of the 80's, blended with the hippie/counter-culture values of the 60's.

According to Urban Dictionary the term is used to describe someone who is in their early twenties, wants/has a high-paying job and an affluent lifestyle.  They drink Starbucks, live in cities (apartments in particular), shop at Whole Foods and dress in preppy, brand-name clothing.  They socialize with other fellow yups in what has been dubbed, "yuppie-dom."

Is it just me, or does that term describe just about every single person (young & old) in New York?...
...Yup, I think it does.

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