Originally Posted by Pitt Gorilla
At it's narrowest, the middle class would comprise the middle 1/3 of households. Some might argue that it should include those from the second and third quartiles. To suggest that a family earning in the 90% percentile is somehow middle class demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of any sort of statistics.
And to make this assertion shows a complete lack of understanding of sociology and psychology and lexicography(?).
You are trying to equate the term and it's accepted use and meaning to individuals with the actual math. Don't. No one else thinks of the term that way. The term "middle class" has a meaning in American culture that has almost ZERO to do with the actual numbers. Saying otherwise is simply wrong. You can however say what it "should" mean... but again, since you'll be hard pressed to find people who see it that way, you're on your own.