I know the word has exploded in popularity in recent times, but I'm not sure how to use it right.
[mass noun] The practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks:
‘it feels really good to take a step back from adulting and have someone else cook dinner for me’
[as modifier] ‘I finished all my adulting requirements for the week’
I recognize that one dictionary entry doesn't prove/disprove anything. Still, if I think about it, I have to agree with ODO; because to me, sentences like:
- I hate adulting.
sound idiomatic, but when I try to frame sentences that use it blatantly as a verb, like:
- I adulted yesterday and I hated it.
- I need to adult tomorrow and I'm not looking forward to it.
I'm not sure if they're idiomatic. My questions are:
- Can adulting be considered a verb, or is it just a noun?
- Do these sentences sound right, usage-wise?
- Are they grammatically correct?