General Knowledge & Curiosities

Why is called Teen-ager? Teen-aged person.

Did you know that they are called teenagers because their age number ends with "teen"? A teenager, or teen, is a young person whose age falls within the range from 13–19. A Tweener a child between the ages of about 10 and 14.

The Origin of Teenager

The earlier word for this was teener, attested in American English from 1894, and the teen had been used as a noun to mean “teen-aged person” in 1818, though this was not common before 20c.

The Origin of Tweenager

The word ‘tween‘ is often used to describe an age group of children that are in between being a child and a teenager. A young human being that is not yet technically a teenager (being less than thirteen years old), but starting to act like one—generally eight to twelve years old. These kids are often in middle school and are quickly approaching puberty and all the challenges that come with adolescence.

More words for young people

Adolescent (Latin. Adolescentia): A young person or a “pubescent” in the process of developing from a child into an adult.

  • Tween. Tweenie. A child between the ages of about 10 and 14.
  • Flapper in the 20s: a fashionable young woman intent on enjoying herself and flouting conventional standards of behaviour.
  • Hipster in the 40s: A person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream.
  • Teeny-bopper in the 60s: A young teenager, typically a girl, who keenly follows the latest fashions in clothes and pop music.
  • Gamer in the 70s: A person who plays video games or participates in role-playing games.
  • Valley girl in the 80s: A fashionable and affluent teenage girl from the San Fernando valley in southern California.
  • Mall rat in the 80s: A young person who frequents shopping malls, usually for social purposes.
  • Yuppie in the late 80s: A fashionable young middle-class person with a well-paid job.

Other interesting words

  • Snot-nosed kid: A person that lacks experience or is ignorant of any real world knowledge. An insult, typically used to imply that a person is young and stupid, and arrogant.
  • Gutter snipes: young kids that run around the streets causing trouble.

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