short for "young urban professional"

Yuppie (derived from young upwardly-mobile professional or young urban professional[1][2]) is a type of skilled worker. The word was coined in the early 1980s, originally in the United States, to denote a young white-collar professional working in a city.

Anti-yuppie graffiti criticizing the gentrification in Austin, Texas.

Yuppies are generally professionals between 20 to 40 years old, usually from an intermediate living standard between the middle and upper class.

The word first appeared in a May 1980 Chicago magazine article by Dan Rottenberg.

References change

  1. Algeo, John (1991). Fifty Years Among the New Words: A Dictionary of Neologisms. Cambridge University Press. p. 220. ISBN 0-521-41377-X.
  2. Childs, Peter; Storry, Mike, eds. (2002). "Acronym Groups". Encyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture. London: Routledge. pp. 2–3.