Sunday, June 19, 2005

Somewhere, Noah Webster sobs quietly

I'm as big a fan of the evolving English language as you'll find, but even I must draw the line at "tweenager."

3 Comments:

Blogger Hanging by the News said...

Yes, it's an odd word, but it follows the pattern of similar word "teen". Teen, teenager. Tween, tweenager.

But I don't understand why a tween is someone younger than a teenager. A teenager is generally someone between 13 and 19, though I'd argue that age 10 should be the beginning age for the teenage period; after all, "ten" seems to be the basis of the word. If that's the case, then shouldn't "tweens" be people in their twenties?

I'm guessing we ought to thank Big Business for the word "tween," which seems like it would be used in demographic discussions. So maybe "tween" came from the same realm from which the terms "yuppie" and "dink" originated.

12:10 AM  
Blogger King Cockfight said...

Hey, it's good to have different types of jail bait.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

What makes it all even more ridiculous is that the Mobile Register's definition of "tweens" includes people who are actually teenagers.

1:15 PM  

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