In written and spoken English, including today's publications and everyday conversations, is the word midst still in common usage, particularly the phrase, in the midst of? Or has it been replaced by middle (at least in common usage), such as the phrase, in the middle of.
Are there any meaningful distinctions between midst and middle, or between the phrases I cite above? Or is it mostly a matter of style? Is one more dated and old-fashioned than the other? Is midst no longer fashionable?
I notice that the ESV uses midst in Genesis 1:6, so this is at least one piece of evidence that the word is still fashionable, at least in written documents that are relatively recent. But I would be curious to see its usage elsewhere.