Y = Youth the future of Humanity and Life on Earth.

Y is for Youth


youth (yth) noun
plural youths (yths, ythz)

1.     a. The condition or quality of being young. b. An early period of development or existence: a nation in its youth.

2.     The time of life between childhood and maturity.

3.     a. A young person, especially a young male in late adolescence. b. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Young people considered as a group.

4.     Geology. The first stage in the erosion cycle.

[Middle English youthe, from Old English geoguth.]


young (yŭng) adjective
young·er, young·est

1.     Being in an early period of life, development, or growth.

2.     Newly begun or formed; not advanced: The evening is still young.

3.     Of, belonging to, or suggestive of youth or early life: He is young for his age.

4.     Vigorous or fresh; youthful.

5.     Lacking experience; immature: a young hand at plowing.

6.     Being the junior of two people having the same name.

7.     Geology. Being of an early stage in a geologic cycle. Used of bodies of water and land formations.

1.     Young persons considered as a group; youth: entertainment for the young.

2.     Offspring; brood: a lioness with her young.

with young

[Middle English yong, from Old English geong.]

– youngʹness noun

Synonyms: young, youthful, adolescent, immature, juvenile, puerile, green. These adjectives are compared as they mean of, relating to, characteristic of, or being in an early period of growth or development. Young is the most general of the terms: a young child. Youthful suggests characteristics, such as enthusiasm, freshness, or energy, that are associated with youth: youthful ardor. Adolescent specifically implies the characteristics of those in the period between childhood and maturity: adolescent insecurity. Immature applies to what is not yet fully grown or developed; the term sometimes suggests that someone falls short of an expected level of maturity: an emotionally immature adult. Juvenile connotes immaturity, often childishness: the juvenile pranks of the conventioneers. Puerile is used derogatorily to suggest silliness, foolishness, or infantilism: a puerile joke. Green implies lack of training or experience and sometimes callowness: The crew couldn’t deal with the emergency. They were all green recruits.

youth (noun)

youth, freshness, juiciness, sappiness, newness, vigorousness
young blood, youthfulness, youngness, juvenility, juvenescence
juniority, inferiority
babyhood, infancy, childhood, childish years, tender age, beginning
puppyhood, baby fat
boyhood, girlhood
one’s teens, adolescence, pubescence, age of puberty, boyishness, girlishness, kiddishness, awkward age, growing pains
younger generation, rising generation, young idea, youngster
growing boy or girl, minor, ward
Peter Pan

Other Forms
beginning: infancy, babyhood, youth, newness
newness: greenness, immaturity, callowness, rawness, youth
youngster: young people, youth
youngster: youth, young man, lad, laddie, sonny
adult: youth
helplessness: babyhood, infancy, youth
posterity: the future, rising generation, youth
male: youth, lad, tyke, teen, punk, stripling, young man, boy, youngster

The Beat Generation

But then they danced down the street like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”

Jack Kerouac (1922-69), U.S. author. On the Road, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1957). In an interview in Playboy (June 1959), Kerouac explained the origin of the label “Beat Generation”: “John Clellon Holmes … and I were sitting around trying to think up the meaning of the Lost Generation and the subsequent Existentialism and I said, ‘You know, this is really a beat generation,’ and he leapt up and said, ‘That’s it, that’s right!’”
See also:

Kerouac on Bohemia




Stages of Development



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