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Yuppie

Six degrees of denigration.

Dear Word Detective: My girlfriend of many years and I are in a locked battle. She believes that “yuppie” stands for “young upwardly mobile professional.” I on the other hand believe that it stands for “young urban professional.” She is on the verge of getting her second masters degree, while I am but a lowly bachelors degree holder. Could I upset the entire academic world by being right? Could this mean the end of civilization as we know it? Will we ever settle this debate and go out for pizza? Only you can decide. —

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