Certainly words make each generation distinctive. Picking up on other books, Generations and The Fourth Turning, he notes that generations tend to come in four varieties – and then repeat themselves every 80 years or so – or the length of a lifetime. The sequence is as follows: artist (adaptive), prophetic (idealistic), nomad (reactive), and hero (civic).
Look at dating and sex. We’ve gone from all kinds of phrases: hook up, one-night stand, friends with privileges, going steady, dating, married, polygamous, etc.
What will people in 2039 use to describe love or sex – if those things will even exist?