n. An adult who is, and appears likely to remain, emotionally or intellectually immature.
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But perhaps the most rage-inducing thing about the Collective is — it’ll probably work. Yes, it’s replacing independent living with an ongoing studenthood, a sort of perma-lescence.
—Jonn Elledge, “Collective living’s fine for students but for everybody else it stinks,” The Guardian (London), April 28, 2016
I'm sure someone already has, but if not can I [go] down as the inventor of the word "permalescent"?
—Jamie Gambell, “I'm sure someone…,” Twitter, May 24, 2013
Are you a functional, competent adult, who is sick of all the permalescents around you, continually failing to step up and actually take their place even on the starting lines of the maturity race?
—Happycrow, “Permalescents,” Happycrow's Eyeball Factory, April 12, 2007
2005 (earliest)
The first generation is the middle-aged 'Jagger' generation who have been dramatically — and in many cases, unexpectedly — enriched over the past few years. They have most to lose from a change in the status quo and, as such, will try to keep the party going for as long as possible. The second generation, coming just behind the Jaggers, are the ‘Bono Boomers’, Ireland’s first 'permalescent' (permanently adolescent) generation.
—David McWilliams, The Generation Game, Gill & Macmillan Ltd., November 11, 2005