What's a yuppie?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by carbonmotion, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. carbonmotion macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    Can someone tell me just exactly what a yuppie is? I thought I knew the definition from my middle school history class ten years ago, but apparently I heard ten different definitions today.
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
  3. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    although lately the original term is not the one referenced. Around these parts a yuppie is someone coming from an upper middle class family in the suburbs that relocates to the city, usually associated with a snooty attitude.
  4. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    The Yuppie was also known for being socially liberal and fiscally conservative, in other words, favoring less government.
  5. walangij macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2007
    At my university, the term has taken on the connotation of just "young upcoming professional" instead of distinctly urban.
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I thought all the yuppies were eaten by the metrosexuals.
  7. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    I think it stands for Young Urban Professional

    but in all contexts i've heard pretty much its describe anyone that is wealthy and shows it. Big house, nice car, nice clothes, affluent job, etc
  8. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    Young, well paid, professional.
    shows off wealth and pretentious attitude.
    think Starbucks in one hand, pink Moto RAZR in the other with a TNA or Lululemon bag containing one mini dog.
    Juicy Couture pants and top (~$350)
    hair costing more than my monthly rent.
    nails and make up.
    found usually near yuppie male:
    smells like musk ox in heat
    clothes from up scale retailers.
    car had real leather interior.
    usually has sun glasses on worth more than my paycheck.

    Both have bad attitude.
  9. d_and_n5000 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2005
    Dingdingdingdingding - I think we have a winner!

    I was basically going to say this, but you, Leareth, said it much more eloquently.
  10. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    That made me spill my drink. Bravo.
  11. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    And all that while driving her Lexus SUV 3' from the bumper of the sedan in front of her on the highway, or turning right on red without stopping or looking.
  12. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

    Kamera RAWr

    May 15, 2007
    I'm where I need to be
    Wow, lots of judgements flying around in here :rolleyes:
  13. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    You wear Juicy don't you metro?
    Just kidding I love you in theory no doubt!

    Isn't a yuppie a fish? Or is that a guppie?
  14. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

    Kamera RAWr

    May 15, 2007
    I'm where I need to be
    Oooohhh... I'm quite far from being metro ;) :D
  15. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Really? Pics or it didn't happen. ;)
  16. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

    Kamera RAWr

    May 15, 2007
    I'm where I need to be
    Need I say more? :p

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  17. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    You look like Jesus. Not HAY SUES. Jesus.
  18. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    Hmmm...for some reason I thought of something else.
  19. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    honestly, i thought it was matthew mcconaughey with a little too much hair. :eek:
  20. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    Poor Matthew...so much potential, all wasted.

    Then again, that pic of Kamera RAWr did remind me of one other thing we might find right here:

  21. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

    Kamera RAWr

    May 15, 2007
    I'm where I need to be
    I must confess... that picture is supposed to be of "Grizzly Adams" ;)
  22. scotthayes macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Birmingham, England
    How could people not know that was Grizzly Adams? May be you should have included a picture of Ben.

    As for a Yuppie, Just see Charlie Sheen in 'Wall Street'
  23. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    You don't need to need to have a really snooty attitude to be a yuppie. People just threw that part in there, because apparently, rich people usually have bad attitudes. Or maybe it's the working class who are bitter towards the rich, and have the bad attitude. I forget. :confused:

    Anyway, to be a yuppie, you need to be exactly that --- a young, urban professional who has "taste", where everything is up to a certain standard. Since being a yuppie means they're just "starting out" on the long road towards upper crust blandness, they favour mid-to-high tier brands. This makes it easier to build their collection of image-infused products slowly, since they just bought a 3rd storey loft unit converted from a grain silo. This means sticking with brands like Club Monaco and up. They can stretch and buy something better if they find something über-expensive on sale. They may occasionally look at brands like American Eagle, but even spoiled teenagers can shop at American Eagle, and which yuppie wants to be mistaken as one of those?

    It's all bland clothing, but even bland clothing needs to be unique somehow. I don't mean "bland" as in "white shirt and black pants", or jeans and a "Vote for Pedro" t-shirt. Oh no no no. These yuppies, whether they are openly into it or are a bit more shy about it, are secretly in love with designer mens magazines. And MTV. They know how to dress. However, they're only interested in the white-light blue-dark blue striped shirt from Club Monaco because they saw K-west sporting it on the cover of GQ last month. It's still bland. Following a trend requires no thought of your own.

    They also know the brand and model name of their favourite watch and shoes of the current year, both casual and formal types. They may not even own them, but they follow them the same way many guys follow their favourite sports team.

    So at this early stage of urban professionalism, a yuppie's standards don't need to be very high, but high enough to piss off easy-going people who are generally easy to please and only work to live. Yuppies only piss people off because they f*** with other people's lifestyle biorhythms or something.

    Being rich has nothing to do with being a yuppie.
  24. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    BOBO - Burnt Out But Opulent

    BUPPIE - Black Urban Professional

    DINK - Dual Income, No Kids

    DINKY - Double Income, No Kids (Yet)

    DUMP - Destitute Unemployed Mature Professional

    GOLDIE - Golden Oldie, Lives Dangerously

    GUPPIE - Gay Urban Professional

    LOMBARD - Lots of Money but a Real ********

    OINK - One Income, No Kids

    PIPPIE - Person Inheriting Parents' Property

    PUPPIE - Poncy Urban Professional

    SCUM - Self-Centered Urban Male

    SILKY - Single Income, Loads of Kids

    SINBAD - Single Income, No Boyfriend, Absolutely Desperate

    SINK - Single, Independent, No Kids

    SITCOM - Single Income, Two Children, Outrageous Mortgage

    WOOPIE - Well-Off Older Person

    YAPPIE - Young Affluent Parent
  25. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    If you want to know what a yuppie is just go to Hoboken, NJ :eek:

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