I Am Not Adorable, So Please Stop Calling Me That

July 31, 2014 12:23 AM

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There's lots of discussion these days about what to call people as they grow older. Nobody likes "elderly"; "senior" and "senior citizen" are a scant improvement over "elderly"; and we can argue til the cows come home exactly what "older person" means. I'm fine with using my actual age as a descriptor. I'm a "64-year-old." Period.

Spending a good deal of my day online, I see people my age and older being called "adorable" all the time. "Adorable" is a word that is best applied to babies and puppies. To my ear, it's a diminishment of what I've accomplished, and doesn't show the respect for my age and experience that I would pr...

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