Saturday, January 24, 2009

Word of the week 26 January - 1 February 2009 BOOMERANG KID

A boomerang kid is an adult child who returns home to live with his or her parents after being away for some time.

Though many students only stay for a few months, others linger at home even after they are on their feet financially. They are attracted by a room of their own, a regular allowance (pocket money), and eager-to-help parents who are welcoming their "boomerangers" — as they are being called — back to the nest.

A similar term is kipper (an acronym of Kids In Parents' Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings), an adult son or daughter, particularly one aged 30 or more, who still lives with his or her parents.

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