One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The generation born after that of the baby boomers (roughly from the early 1960s to late 1970s), typically perceived to be disaffected and directionless.
- ‘Location, functionality, variety and experience must all combine to create the environment Generation X wants.’
- ‘Largely ignored as a group in favor of the country's ongoing fascination with Baby Boomers, Generation X grew up quickly in a society that did not particularly value children.’
- ‘Many Generation X children grew up in an environment of joint custody.’
- ‘Third wavers are from Generation X, women who grew up with feminism and never experienced a world without it.’
- ‘But why on earth are younger writers of the so-called Generation X attempting to, as Pound would have it, resuscitate the dead art of poetry?’
- ‘Not even a war or a government in turmoil can get the new Generation X engaged in current affairs.’
- ‘Members of Generation X, born between 1963 and 1977, are not slackers.’
- ‘These trends could see future Generation X and Y workers spending more time in positions where superannuation contributions are not compulsory.’
- ‘For Generation X, job security lies not with their employers, but in themselves and in having more career choices available to them.’
- ‘What if the current Generation X simply stays with obscure cable formats and internet sites for their news?’
- ‘That generation - once known as Generation X and now in its early thirties - is perhaps uniquely acquainted with no-strings hedonism.’
- ‘Being a fully paid member of Generation X, I rarely bother with politics.’
- ‘Churchill used stories in wartime to cut through the nation's fear, though he never had to sell his sunlit uplands to a Generation X, oozing post-modern cynicism.’
- ‘With Generation X families beginning to grow, purveyors of natural and organic products should certainly target young parents, he says.’
- ‘Boomers had John and Yoko; punks had Sid and Nancy; Generation X had Kurt and Courtney - who have I got for a bit of generational glamour?’
- ‘His purpose is obvious - to portray cross country skiing as a sport that is anything but boring in hopes of stimulating greater interest in the sport in the Generation X set.’
- ‘Didn't we have slacker films and Generation X novels in the early 90s?’
- ‘Contemporary art photography has gained a foothold with the Generation X / 30-something market.’
- ‘Apparently Generation X has not been aging, but has been aged 20-29 for more than a decade now.’
- ‘Before Generation X was even named, it was being marketed to.’
1950s (originally referring to a generation of young people about whose future there was uncertainty): in recent use popularized by Douglas Coupland in his novel Generation X (1991).
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