Middlehood. It’s not in the dictionary, so why did we coin it to describe the middle years of our lives? What is wrong with the word middle-aged? The simple answer is that, when we look at how language reflects culture and values, we see that middle-aged is too small, too shaped by our fears of getting old. We say middle-aged and old-aged, but we never say young-aged. We love the word youthful, but we will never hear anyone joyously called…..