To be honest, despite having heard/read of the term ‘yuppie’ since I was knee-high to a belalang, I’ve only ever associated it with images of Wall Street types, you know the ones immortalised in Oliver Stone’s movie and James B. Stewart’s book.
So to hear of the phrase “regular yuppie but with a sense of humour”, I was suitably intrigued to look up the complete definition of the word.
Answers.com (via Google) returns some useful results (and has Google been anything but useful? Ah, Google, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways….)
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition states that yuppie, derived from Young Urban Professional, means:
A young city or suburban resident with a well-paid professional job and an affluent lifestyle.
OK. So I’m not a yuppie. Neither well-paid nor affluent am I.
a young upwardly mobile professional person; someone under 40 who prospered during the 1980s.
Well, I think I did save about 50 ringgit during that decade from my school allowances, but I can hardly say that was prosperous (although, on the other hand, RM 50 is a lot for a primary school kid, as I was then…)
And then there’s Wikipedia. I love you too, Wiki baby….
The yuppie stereotype
Yuppies are more conservative than the preceding hippie generation. Dispensing of the social causes of their more passionate parents (who themselves shed traditional values), yuppies tend to be 9-5 professional workers. Yuppies tend to value material goods (especially trendy new things). In particular this can apply to their stocks, imported automobiles, development houses, and technological gadgets, particularly cell phones.
Unfortunately, the fast-paced pursuit of these material goods has unintended consequences. Usually in a hurry, they seek convenience goods and services. Being “time poor”, their family relations can become difficult to sustain. Maintaining their way of life is mentally exhausting. Sometimes, they will move every few years to where their job goes, straining their family. The fast-paced lifestyle has been termed a rat race.
Heavily influenced by a competitive corporate environment, they often value those behaviours that they have found useful in gaining upward mobility and hence income and status. They often take their corporate values home to their spouses and children.
According to the stereotype, there is a certain air of informality about them, yet an entire code of unwritten etiquette can govern their activities from golf and tennis to luncheons at cocktail and sushi bars.
Hmmm… ok, this sounds a bit (not a lot, just a wee bit) like me. And to be honest, it sounds like a lot of people I know.
So maybe, a yuppie isn’t just a term that applies to a select demographic anymore.
Maybe we’ve reached the point where pretty much any city-dwelling 9-to-5 drone is a yuppie.
I don’t even know how to conclude this post (this is what happens when you don’t think about what you’re gonna write before you write it) so if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to stop. Right. Now.