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Friday, February 13, 2004

New phrase alert 

to Tivoli: when an adult starts acting wildly immature for one's age, i.e. mental age regression. Symptoms include revisiting behaviors normally manifested in high school years, such as gossiping behind one's back, forming cliques, and other related behaviors. Also known as "doing a Tivoli." Phrase named for the title character of Andrew Sean Greer's novel THE CONFESSIONS OF MAX TIVOLI (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004).

Examples of proper phrase usage:

1. On hearing a friend has engaged in egregiously immature behavior: "God, you're totally doing a Tivoli, aren't you."

2. In the course of conversation: "Don't Tivoli on me, won't you grow up already?"

It remains to be seen if this new phrase will be adapted in popular lexicon.

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