I would like to use the word "Millenial" in an article. This is a reference to people between (roughly) 18-30. Is this a common enough term to use? Will the average reader know exactly what I am talking about?
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closed as general reference by FumbleFingers, simchona♦, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, Jasper Loy, Matt E. Эллен♦ Jun 27 '12 at 10:22
This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.
The term Millennial has been used by news sources such as CNN, Time Magazine, and USA Today to describe people approximately between the ages of 18 and 30. However, note that each source also explicitly defines the relevant age group within the article, and note also that they are all less than 14 months old and were written for a US news-consuming audience. So, the term may still not be immediately clear to most readers. I'll add that the term Generation Y is much more familiar to me than Millennial, and conclude by saying that whatever word you choose should be tailored to your audience.