Compound of generation + X. Originally attested during the 1950s. The more specific usage for the post-baby boom generation was popularized by Douglas Coupland’s 1991 novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture.
- (originally) A generation of people whose future is uncertain.
- 1964, Charles Hamblett and Jane Deverson, Generation X, page 191:
- When historians evaluate the contribution of Generation X one theme will recur over and over again, and that is the rage and revulsion handed from Father to Son.
- (specifically) The generation of people born after the baby boom that followed World War II, especially those born in the 1960s and 1970s.
- 1995 June 18, John Marchese, “The Short Shelf Life of Generation X”, in New York Times, page 35:
- Any self-respecting Generation Xer […] might notice that Mr. Coupland's death knell for Generation X coincides with the promotion of his latest book, “Microserfs” (HarperCollins)
generation of people born after baby boom that followed World War II
- Silent Generation
- baby boom
- Generation Jones
- Generation Y
- MTV generation
- Generation Z