Young adults are desperate not to let peers see any signs of weakness or failure.
A cursory search of academic dissertations reveals a new interest in the origins of insults and curse words. For instance, I learned recently that the insult "phony" — as in "She acted like she was into EDM [electronic dance music], but then we found out she was a phony" — entered our lexicon with the arrival of the telephone. People started phoning other people randomly, pretending to be someone they weren't. These were the original "phonies." continue reading >>