What's a better term for 'retired'?

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What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by EternalOptimist » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:38 pm

I can't stand it when I tell people I am retired, as a baby boomer who had to make things happen, there's got to be a better way :oops:
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Post by VictoriaF » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:39 pm

Leisurely occupied.

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by EternalOptimist » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:41 pm

VictoriaF wrote:Leisurely occupied.

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lol Victoria
yeah that's like 'enjoying life'
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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by jebmke » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:41 pm

EternalOptimist wrote:I can't stand it when I tell people I am retired, as a baby boomer who had to make things happen, there's got to be a better way :oops:

I've never had this problem. I'd recommend just getting over it.
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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by NAVigator » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:42 pm

What is the problem with "retired"? It's a lot better than pre-dead. :wink:

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Post by bengal22 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:43 pm

just a word. create a new identity for yourself by staying active through volunteering.

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by Van » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:43 pm

Off-the-Treadmill.

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Post by EternalOptimist » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:43 pm

NAVigator wrote:What is the problem with "retired"? It's a lot better than pre-dead. :wink:

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Or "manager of ..."
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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by VictoriaF » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:44 pm

NAVigator wrote:What is the problem with "retired"? It's a lot better than pre-dead. :wink:

Jerry

Retired (re-tired) means that you are tired when you work, and it repeats endlessly afterwards.

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by VictoriaF » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:46 pm

flâneur
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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by pingo » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:46 pm

EternalOptimist wrote:What's a better term for 'retired'?


Tired twice:

First, tired of working.

Then, tired of not.

(*Not my joke, but I thought I'd share it!)

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by Taylor Larimore » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:47 pm

EternalOptimist wrote:I can't stand it when I tell people I am retired, as a baby boomer who had to make things happen, there's got to be a better way :oops:


I was very pleased to retire at an early age (thanks to Jack Bogle), and I have never hesitated to tell anyone I am retired.

We are the lucky one's. :sharebeer

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by EternalOptimist » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:49 pm

Taylor Larimore wrote:
EternalOptimist wrote:I can't stand it when I tell people I am retired, as a baby boomer who had to make things happen, there's got to be a better way :oops:


I was very pleased to retire at an early age (thanks to Jack Bogle), and I have never hesitated to tell anyone I am retired.

We are the lucky one's. :sharebeer

Best wishes.
Taylor


At the end of the day Taylor I always get envious looks and that's COOL :twisted:
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Post by VictoriaF » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:50 pm

- Self-Funded Free Spirit (SFFS).
- Financially Independent Free Spirit (FIFI).

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Post by Woodshark » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:02 pm

I've always liked "connoisseur of leisure."

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Post by CABob » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:06 pm

Some have accused me of being re-tard.
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Post by Raybo » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:20 pm

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Post by reggiesimpson » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:36 pm

FREE!

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Post by bertilak » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:36 pm

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by jon-nyc » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:54 pm

Say 'I manage a private equity fund'.

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by tim1999 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:04 pm

(name of your last job title) Emeritus.

i.e. "Project Manager Emeritus"

If retired college professors can use it, why not everyone else?

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by bertie wooster » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:10 pm

Seriously?

What's wrong with being retired?

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Post by Dibbels81 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:12 pm

Cat Collector?

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Post by SSSS » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:12 pm

Waiting

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by Alex Frakt » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:13 pm

I'd go with "liberated" myself. FWIW, the original meaning was something more like "to step away from" or "to withdraw from" something. So you may have retired from work, but you couldn't be generically retired.

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by cheese_breath » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:26 pm

I consider "retired" a badge of honor. I used to really envy the retired folks when I was busting my hump making a living. Now that I'm one of them I cherish the title.
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Post by sscritic » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:31 pm

EternalOptimist wrote:I can't stand it when I tell people I am retired, as a baby boomer who had to make things happen, there's got to be a better way :oops:

I am formerly employed and no longer looking for work (52 characters including spaces).
retired (7 characters).

Are you usually long winded? In that case, go for as many letters as you can get out of your mouth in under 10 seconds.

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by The Wizard » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:32 pm

Unemployed.
I myself will be unemployed for first time ever (since end of college in 1973) on March 8th!
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Post by maitrina » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:37 pm

VictoriaF wrote:flâneur
attribution: Nassim Nicolas Taleb.

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by TwoCyclists » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:37 pm

I use the term "financially independent".

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by Calm Man » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:41 pm

The Wizard wrote:Unemployed.
I myself will be unemployed for first time ever (since end of college in 1973) on March 8th!


We graduated the same year. Wow. I have planned to retire for at least 5 years now. For all of you who don't know what to say, you can say you are a consultant. That is always true. I actually am now but unfortunately they are so happy with me where I am consulting that they offered me a full time job. I did decline but they just asked me to do a second full day a week which I agreed to. My tax reduction strategies will now have to wait another year.

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by FrugalInvestor » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:44 pm

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Post by hicabob » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:48 pm

The Wizard wrote:Unemployed.
I myself will be unemployed for first time ever (since end of college in 1973) on March 8th!


Congrats! Looking forward to my own unemployment soon. Enjoy the last month of servitude.

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by Fallible » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:49 pm

reggiesimpson wrote:FREE!


This might work because retired is only half the story. You really retire from something to something, but if you say only "retired," that just says from something. If you say "free," it covers both. I think... Whatever, I like FREE.
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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by VictoriaF » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:04 pm

Calm Man wrote:
The Wizard wrote:Unemployed.

...you can say you are a consultant.

I prefer a student.

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Post by VictoriaF » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:09 pm

Fallible wrote:
reggiesimpson wrote:FREE!


This might work because retired is only half the story. You really retire from something to something, but if you say only "retired," that just says from something. If you say "free," it covers both. I think... Whatever, I like FREE.


But FREE also does not tell what one retires to. It needs an object such as FREE-to-sleep-in, FREE-to-read-Tolstoy, FREE-to-bike, FREE-to-walk-Camino-de-Santiago, FREE-to-tell-off-your-boss, etc.

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Post by 3504PIR » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:15 pm

Taylor, what age did you retire?

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Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:17 pm

Put out to pasture. :P
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Post by HomerJ » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:23 pm

My wife recently quit the workforce, and she didn't like just answering "no" if people asked if she worked, so I told her to start saying she's retired... because really, that's what she is...

Maybe I can join her in 8-10 years (She's 8 years older than me, so it's perfectly fair for me to work another 8-10 years... Now if 12 years go by, and I'm not close to retiring, I going to send her back to work!)

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Post by gkaplan » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:28 pm

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Post by VictoriaF » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:35 pm

gkaplan wrote:Penultimate life styler


This reminds me a technical term penultimate hop popping, signifying a penultimate router dropping outer MPLS labels. It's like getting rid of the outer layers in preparation to the final destination.

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Post by khh » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:47 pm

'Rat race challenged.'

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by Fallible » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:52 pm

VictoriaF wrote:
Fallible wrote:
reggiesimpson wrote:FREE!


This might work because retired is only half the story. You really retire from something to something, but if you say only "retired," that just says from something. If you say "free," it covers both. I think... Whatever, I like FREE.


But FREE also does not tell what one retires to. It needs an object such as FREE-to-sleep-in, FREE-to-read-Tolstoy, FREE-to-bike, FREE-to-walk-Camino-de-Santiago, FREE-to-tell-off-your-boss, etc.

Victoria


But it does include the "to" because saying you're free means free from work AND free to do what you want. With "free," you don't have to say what the "to" is anymore than you have to say what the "from" is. The old word "retired" can't do that and it should be retired (not freed as it's not going to anything).

Of course it will take awhile for the new word to kick in:

Early retirement - early freedom.
Late retirement - late freedom.
Retirement planning - Freedom planning
Retirement calculator - Freedom calculator
Retirement seminar - Freedom seminar
Part-time retirement - Part-time freedom.

I feel it kicking in already!
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Age at retirement.

Post by Taylor Larimore » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:54 pm

3504PIR wrote:Taylor, what age did you retire?


57 (now 89).

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by VictoriaF » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:58 pm

Fallible wrote:Of course it will take awhile for the new word to kick in:

Early retirement - early freedom.
Late retirement - late freedom.
Retirement planning - Freedom planning
Retirement calculator - Freedom calculator
Retirement seminar - Freedom seminar
Part-time retirement - Part-time freedom.

I feel it kicking in already!


Retired fries - Freedom fries. :-)

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by NAVigator » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:08 pm

"re-calculating"

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by Fallible » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:42 pm

VictoriaF wrote:
Fallible wrote:Of course it will take awhile for the new word to kick in:

Early retirement - early freedom.
Late retirement - late freedom.
Retirement planning - Freedom planning
Retirement calculator - Freedom calculator
Retirement seminar - Freedom seminar
Part-time retirement - Part-time freedom.

I feel it kicking in already!


Retired fries - Freedom fries. :-)

Victoria


A good one, but not free for long. (BTW, I liked "idiot cheese.")
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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by fishnskiguy » Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:21 pm

I spent two years working in Scotland. Thru out the UK, it's OAP. Short for Old Age Pensioner.

I like retired better. :D

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Re: What's a better term for 'retired'?

Post by Sunflower » Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:49 pm

I.W.

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