DINKY is an acronym that stands for "Dual Income, No Kids Yet". It describes a high-earning couple who do not have children yet and are therefore able to afford a more expensive consumer lifestyle. It is used in the United States, UK, Canada, India, and China,
The term was coined in the 1980s at the height of "yuppie" culture. The Great Recession has solidified this social trend as more couples wait longer to have kids, with one in five choosing not to have them at all.
DINKY means small and neat; dainty in UK and in US inconsequential; insignificant.
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