A Short Glossary for the 21st Century: Background information when reading I See You Made an Effort

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I See You Made an Effort

Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

by Annabelle Gurwitch

I See You Made an Effort
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    Mar 2014, 256 pages
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    Feb 2015, 256 pages

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A Short Glossary for the 21st Century

Throughout Annabelle Gurwitch's book of essays about life for women on the edge of 50, I See You Made an Effort, she references several terms that are gradually or quickly catching on in contemporary conversation. Here are some examples.

Boomeritis refers to injuries in older athletes, especially Baby Boomers, born at the end of World War II when there was a marked increase in the birthrate. As this generation began turning 40 and 50, there was a significant rise of injuries and ailments. In 1999, Dr. Nicholas A DiNubile, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, coined a term for these events, Boomeritis. In an article in The New York Times, DiNubile said, "Baby boomers are falling apart—developing tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis and 'fix-me-itis,' the idea that modern medicine can fix anything. It's much better to prevent things than to have to try to fix them."

Cosmeceuticals Cosmeceuticals is a term that combines cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. An ...

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