protirement

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Etymology[edit]

Blend of pro- +‎ retirement; coined by Arthur Godfrey, according to the article Let's Protire, The American Mercury, January 1961.

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protirement (uncountable)

  1. (neologism) Early retirement from professional work with the positive idea of pursuing something more fulfilling.
    • 1961. George Jean Nathan, Henry Louis Mencken The American Mercury, p. 92,
      In other words, retirement connotes regression, whereas protirement would mean progression. ... Arthur Godfrey was right! "Retirement" is a dirty word.
    • 1998, John S. Murphy, Frederic M. Hudson The Joy of Old, Geode Press, 1998, (Amazon.Com book review),
      Retire? Thats something you do to a wheel. The authors suggest Protirement instead

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