The beauty of our English language is that there is a word to describe every phase of your life. There’s no escaping it. Indeed, the older you get, there seem to be even more terms to describe your encroaching over-the-hill generational status:
Ruppies (retired urban professionals): Typically, Ruppies migrate to large cities after raising their families in the burbs.
Splitters: They are the fortunate few (6% of seniors) who split time between two or more homes.
Kidults: That’s the name given to any of your children, ages 18 to 25, for whom you still furnish financial help.
Skiers: These are oldsters bent on burning through their children’s inheritance by taking long vacations, eating at expensive restaurants, dabbling in expensive cars …
Freemales (ladies only): This may be my favorite. Unlike spinsters or old maids un-favored by Cupid, freemales covet and prefer their independence.
Gray Divorce: Over the last decade, the divorce rate has doubled among those 50 and older (think Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones). Gray divorces now comprise 25% of all divorces.
LATs (living apart together): The term applies to a truly modern, liberated and loving couple who choose to maintain separate residences out of necessity (job, kids, etc.) not because they prefer their own space.
LTAs (living together apart): The romance is long gone, but the couple continue living together because they can’t afford to live separately.
Jhobby: It’s what you call a hobby that you’ve turned into a paycheck.
Returnment – When retirement fails, there’s always returnment to the working world. Just pray, it’s a happy returnment!