Generation X Field Guide & Lexicon

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Here's the handbook America has been waiting for! A guide about the 79 million Americans known as Generation X. A quick read with entertainment on every page. Vann Wesson gathered a team of 25 Gen Xers to create a 900 word lexicon, 80 outrageous illustrations, and write articles on subjects from Extreme Sports to Ethnic Diversity. Generation X Field Guide & Lexicon offers a humorous and insightful look into some of the language, concerns, and activities of Generation X.

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SO WHAT'S IN A NAME? Origin of Generation X Nametag

GENERATION X - A 1960's English paperback about sex, drugs, and rock n' roll in the London mod scene.

GENERATION X - The 1970-1980s British band led by Billy Idol and Tony James, created from the breakup of their previous band, Chelsea. The name was taken from the paperback novel (see above). Generation X broke up in the early 80s. Billy Idol went on to a successful solo career with songs like "Your Generation," "Dancing with Myself," "White Wedding."

GENERATION X - The 1991 novel by Douglas Coupland, subtitled Tales for an Accelerated Culture, that depicts the lives of young Americans with few options beyond "low-pay, low-prestige, low-dignity, no-future McJobs." When asked how he thought up the name for this generation, Coupland replied, "I didn't come up with the name for a generation. I just came up with a title for a novel."

GENERATION X - 1990s target-market term that alerted the media and advertisers that there was a vast portion of the American populace that they were ignoring. Media and advertising now try their darndest to keep up with what's going on with this generation, although sometimes the best they can do is fill their commercials with actors in flannel shirts and have them drink lots of coffee.

GENERATION X - A handy term that cannot begin to describe the true diversity of a generation that is, still, resistant to being manipulated by media, advertising, and politicians. "Generation X" isn't about to sit still and let anyone on TV tell them who they are, what they thing, or what they should buy. Even so, it seems likely that this is the term history books will use to describe those of us born between 1961 and 1981.

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Are you Jonesin' to know today's hip expressions? Peep this.... -- News/Free Press, Detroit, Michigan, 3/1/97

Checkout the hottest new book, Generation X Field Guide & Lexicon! Full of Gen X lingo and outrageous illustrations. -- 91X Radio, San Diego, CA

HOT READS - Do you know what a frumpie' is? It is the Generation X term for formerly radical, upwardly mobile person(s). This and lots of other definitions make up Generation X Field Guide & Lexicon. -- Denver Post, Denver, Colorado, 6/3/97

I thoroughly enjoyed Generation X Field Guide & Lexicon....It's an extensive dictionary of Gen X terms with cool illustrations and interesting information. -- Greg Kihn, KFOX Radio, San Jose, California

If you're looking for the definitive dictionary of Gen X speak, this is it! -- Mike Rosen, KOA Radio, Denver, Colorado

It's a secret language I can use and not get slapped....It's a must have unless your a Barney....I use it like a thesaurus. -- Camp Chaos, WRCN Radio, Long Island, New York

Peep this field guide to x-iles. -- Herald, Bellingham, Washington

THE LATEST 411 ON AGGRO SLANG. Sure, Webster's updates the dictionary every few years, but not frequently enough to keep up with the mack daddies (cool guys) and hipsters (ultra cool people) who coin slang and effortlessly splice it into everyday conversations.

Peep this (look at this), all you Xers, Boomers, and posties (post-Boomers) who want to bridge the generational, us-them divide or simply show off your conversational chops (very impressive technique). Reading this lexicon and collection of short essays might not turn you into a hipster (an ultra-cool person), but at least you won't sound cob (not cool) or boo (stupid). With its low-tech graphics, non-slick paper and first-person-plural voice, it gets plenty of snaps (praise) for credibility. In a word: bogus (totally cool).

Wesson gathered about 25 Gen Xers to hit the street and coffeehouses, the beaches, bars and micro breweries with instructions to pay $1 - $5 for words and new expressions. To verify the words, researchers were instructed to have them authenticated by three independent reliable sources. They also poured over copies of publications, including Slamm, Mondo 2000, Thrasher, Soma, Advertising Age, Vogue, Forbes and Billboard. The best of what they found is contained in the 900 word lexicon. -- Valerie Takahama, The Orange County Register, Orange County, California, 8/31/97

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