What could be more optimistic than the word ‘young’, although there seems to be two versions of the same word, one ending with ‘ng’ and one ending with ‘th’.  As post-fixes go, both endings are fairly popular in English.  Youth is the noun whereas young is the adjective.  Manipulating these words into categories opens up more optimism, all with the same or very similar root.  So the other adjectives for young are youthful, juvenile, junior, adolescent, new, recent, undeveloped, and fledgling.  The four related words with the same stem are as follows; young, youngster, youth, youthful.

As in the Romance languages, the ‘j’ and the ‘I’ can take on similar consonant sounds, so ‘juvenile’ also with the ‘v’ representing the ‘u’ in the English more closely resembles the word ‘young’.

Additionally to be young is to be still vigorous although inexperienced.  Also to be youthful is to have characteristics of the young and having the freshness and vigour of youth.  Interestingly the Latin root is where the Romance language for this word originates, hence ‘iuvenis’,’iuventus’.

In the most favourable scenario, the positive attributes of the young and youthful far outweigh other negative attributes like inexperience.

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