17 Again is meant to be a comedy but remains mostly mirth-free, with the gentlest of laughs supplied by Mike's best friend Ned, a geeky adultescent
whose home is a shrine to Star Wars and whose spare room contains a Sand Speeder bed.
The last decade saw the rapid popularisation of new terms such as 'kidult', 'adultescent
' and 'rejuvenile' to designate those who seemed to live in an extended adolescence, enjoying life's youthful pleasures while remaining leery of orthodox commitments.
Over the 1990s, the phenomenal rise of city centre living in UK cities reflects the aspirational quality of urban life, and the popularity of 'adultescent
' lifestyles (Nathan and Urwin 2006).
In her latest film comedy, Failure to Launch, she is dealing with another buzz phrase for a social phenomenon - adultescent
, essentially grown-up children who refuse to leave the parental nest.
' - an adult who is interested in youth culture - is also there.
Other new words include "adultescent
", an adult still interested in youth culture; "brand Nazi", a person who insists on buying one brand; "exhibition killing", the murder of a hostage by terrorists, filmed for broadcast; and "retrosexual", a heterosexual man who spends little time and money on his appearance.
ACCUSED of being an adultescent
mucus trooper and haven't a clue what it means?
The latest revision of the Concise Oxford, for example, includes such new entries as that ugly word adultescent
, digital divide, duvet day, retail therapy and text message.
This may sound like a fashion-conscious teenager - but it's more likely to be an "adultescent
", the new breed of 40-something who's determined not to grow up.