I was born in the middle of the century.
The term “mid-century” inherently refers to the most recent century that is comfortably beyond its middle years. When I was born, mid-century referred to the 1850s, A lot was happening in the middle of the century that I was born into, although most cultural and technological milestones are attributed to specific decades. There are, in fact, only two instances where I regularly hear the term mid-century used as an adjective.
The first is mid-century modern. This is the architectural style that, when I was growing up, we just called “modern.” Or sometimes, “50s.” This style also crossed over into home furnishings and I certainly grew up surrounded by it and influenced by it. I have no problem with this use of the term “mid-century.”
More disconcerting to me is when I happen to be roaming thru an antique store and stumble into a section that is labelled as “mid-century antiques'” Most disconcerting is when the reason I had wandered over to that section is because I saw something that I recognized from my childhood home…or that I still own. “Wait,” I exclaim, “that’s not an antique table, that’s just a table!” Surely, something from my own lifetime CAN NOT be an antique…or else….that implies….don’t even think about calling me mid-century.