What are “grups,” you might ask? It’s from the original Star Trek:
“Grups” is a nerdy reference to an old Star Trek episode in which Kirk and crew land on a planet run entirely by kids, who call grown-ups “grups.” All the adults have been killed off by a terrible virus, which also slows the natural aging process, so the kids are trapped in a state of extended prepubescence. They will never grow up. And they are running the show.
It seems that “grups” are taking over Earth now too:
This is an obituary for the generation gap. It is a story about 40-year-old men and women who look, talk, act, and dress like people who are 22 years old. It’s not about a fad but about a phenomenon that looks to be permanent.
It seems that forty-somethings wearing jeans and sneakers, refusing to shave (and proud of it), listening to iPods, playing computer games, quitting office jobs to work for themselves — generally refusing to do what their parents referred to as “grow up” — are becoming common enough that we need words to describe them.
(I almost qualify as one. I always wear jeans and sneakers, have worn a full beard for decades, listen to an iPod while walking or mowing the lawn, play computer games several times a week, have made my living working for myself from a home office for the last twelve years, and proudly wear a t-shirt that says “growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.” I’m not quite as “hip” as the article describes though… I usually get up early these days, and there’s a lot of modern music that I hear that I don’t care for, for instance.)
The article is well worth a read, no matter what your age or “grupness.”