A college student with a fragile, easily shattered psyche. Also: teacup kid.
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Toughen up, teacup. No matter how brilliant you think you (and your argument) may be, the day will come when you will be told in no uncertain terms that you are laughably wrong. Will you cry? ...
It's bad enough that the teacups think, feel and act as they do. That the rules of the lawprof game are to encourage this teacup behavior is absurd.
—Scott H. Greenfield, " Law School Lessons: The Teacup Rule: http://blog.simplejustice.us/2010/05/04/law-school-lessons-the-teacup-rule.aspx," Simple Justice, May 4, 2010
In the US, Skenazy says helicopter parenting has led to a generation of young adults so fragile they are known as "teacup kids'.
—Judy Skatssoon, " The perils of parenting: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/the-perils-of-parenting/story-fn6bmfwf-1225932554269," The Telegraph, October 1, 2010
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Bright college freshmen arrive on campus as ..."teacups"—sophisticated but overprotected ... says Wendy Mogel, author of "The Blessing of a Skinned Knee," which is among the best-selling of a wave of new books about pressure.
"The teacups break because they literally don't know when to eat, and what to eat and when to sleep," says Mogel, a Los Angeles psychologist.
—Jennifer Sinco Kelleher et al., " Lessons in How to Chill Out: http://articles.latimes.com/2002/apr/17/news/mn-38313," Los Angeles Times, April 17, 2002
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