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In America we have a tradition of naming different generations of people. I thought I’d share the names of these different generations with you today, so that next time you see or hear these words you’ll know what they mean. See if you can find your generation in this list.
I doubt that any of my readers belong to “The Lost Generation,” but I thought I would mention it anyway as this is the first generation of people that Americans really started naming. The Lost Generation refers to people who were born between 1883-1900. This was considered The Lost Generation because so many people from this time fought, died, and so were “lost” in World War I.
“The Greatest Generation” or what is sometimes called “The G.I. Generation” is a term used to describe people born between 1901-1924. Itincludes many people who grew up to serve in World War II (WWII). Today, there are fewer and fewer people still alive from The Greatest Generation.
“The Silent Generation”, also known as “Depression babies” or “WWII babies,” represents people born between 1925-1942. The Great Depression in the United States and WWII had a big affect on the lives of people born during this time. People in The Silent Generation are often described as hard working, silent, cautious, and indifferent.
“Baby Boomers” are a large group of people who were born after WWII (between 1946-1964) during a time of increasing affluence and wealth in the United States. These people are often referred to as “Boomers.”
“Generation X” is the term used to describe those who were born after the Baby Boomers, up until the late 1970’s. “Gen Xers” are now the major work force in the United States.
The name “Generation Y” was first given to those born from the 1980′s to early 2000′s, but now this generation is often also called “The Millennial Generation”. My guess is that most of the people reading this post are “Millennials.” The person writing this post is :).
There is no official name for the newest, youngest generation of people in America; those who have been born since the early 2000′s. Some people call this group “Generation Z”, while others are trying to come up with more original names like ‘Generation Wii’ or ‘The iGeneration’, to highlight how prevalent technology is in these children’s lives. Only time will tell what we end up calling this newest generation of Americans.
So, now that you have read through this whole post, what generation do you belong to? I’d love to take an informal poll of who is reading this Transparent Language blog by having you post what generation you belong to in the comment section below.