Let’s imagine a new demographic arises in society – Youngmanism.
Why Youngmanism? Just an innocuous, non-polarizing demographic ordinarily. Wodehouse chose Aunts as his betes noires, I choose Youngmen. This is not just any young man growing up – it’s a particularly virulent strain, a mutation called Youngman. Entirely fictional of course.
1. Chip on the shoulder. First and foremost, he’s halfway between a child and adult and usually thinks halfway as well. Therefore, he appears mature and all his rhetoric towards others is designed to put them down so he appears mature, the font of all wisdom, honeyed voice married to articulation, whereas he is actually wilful, petulant and hormonal,not unlike a teenage girl.
2. Into himself. Every time he walks into a room or enters a chatroom, he brings the discussion back to either himself or his demographic and personalizes it – he has a thousand tricks to get this back to him, him, him and he brooks no rivals from within his demographic.…