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Yuppie Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    yuppie n : a young upwardly mobile professional person; someone under 40 who prospered during the 1980s
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Yuppie (short for "young urban professional" or "young upwardly-mobile professional")

Yuppies are made fun of for their conspicuous personal consumption and obsession over social status among their peers, which is seen as vain and materialistic. Cornell University economist Robert H. Frank, author of Luxury Fever, has remarked, "When people were denouncing yuppies, they had considerably lower incomes than yuppies, so the things yuppies spent their money on seemed frivolous and unnecessary from their vantage point."

Author and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson has written:

A contradictory stereotype exists about yuppies are either more liberal than the blue-collar or more conservative than the urban poor. Yuppies greatly influenced both the Democratic and Republican parties, they usually register with a political party en masse when it is considered in style to affiliate with a certain political party (i.e. Republicans in the mid 1980's or late 1990s and Democrats in the early 1990s or late 2000s) and whichever president is successful in instituting economic policies, like Ronald Reagan in the 1980s and Bill Clinton in the 1990s, that benefited the yuppie and upper-middle class.

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  • Piper Is a 'Lone Wolf' in the Season 2 'Orange Is the New Black' Trailer
    Piper, the yuppie whose fish-out-of-water-and-into-jail antics kicked off Orange Is the New Black, is back in a trailer for the show's second season and she is, well... different. "I am a lone wolf, and a vicious one, don't make me rip your throat out," she says.  The trailer for the show, which will returns to Netflix on June 6, begins with Pi Read more on this news related to 'Yuppie'
  • Architectural Craziness: 'Yuppie Boxes' With 'Too Much Ugly to Handle' are NY Bound
    Rendering via Brownstoner Coming soon to Brooklyn: this washing-machine lookalike made up of 70 units—ahem "yuppie boxes"—and a huge atrium (in the space where it looks like you'd throw in your dirty socks). Discovered by Brownstoner, the rendering—labeled as it... Read more on this news related to 'Yuppie'
  • Annie, drop some bereavement knowledge on these yuppies
    Dear Annie: I am so disappointed in these well-educated yuppie kids with seven-figure incomes. Maybe your readers need a refresher course. Read more on this news related to 'Yuppie'

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