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Anti-yuppie graffiti criticizing the gentrification in Austin, Texas.

Yuppie (derived from young upwardly-mobile professional or young urban professional[1][2]) is a type of skilled worker. The word was coined in the early 1980s, originally in the United States, to denote a young white-collar professional working in a city.

Yuppies are generally professionals between 20 to 40 years old, usually from an intermediate living standard between the middle and upper class.

The word first appeared in a May 1980 Chicago magazine article by Dan Rottenberg.

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  1. Algeo, John (1991). Fifty Years Among the New Words: A Dictionary of Neologisms. Cambridge University Press. p. 220. ISBN 0-521-41377-X.
  2. Childs, Peter; Storry, Mike, eds. (2002). "Acronym Groups". Encyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture. London: Routledge. pp. 2–3.