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The Phrase ‘OK, Boomer’: Justified or Not?
Nov 6, 2019 at 04:37 AM
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The Quick Facts

  • The phrase “OK, Boomer” has gone viral this week, after news outlets picked it up as an internet slang expression commonly employed by millennials and Generation Z.
  • The reply, popularized in memes and other social media content, is used, often in a humorous or ironic manner, to call out or dismiss out-of-touch or close-minded opinions associated with the baby boomer generation.
  • The New York Times recently published an article about the slang phrase, reigniting debates and discussion about its usage and justification. In it, author Taylor Lorenz writes: “Ok boomer’ has become Generation Z’s endlessly repeated retort to the problem of older people who just don’t get it, a rallying cry for millions of fed up kids. Teenagers use it to reply to cringey YouTube videos, Donald Trump tweets, and basically any person over 30 who says something condescending about young people — and the issues that matter to them.”

Food For Thought

Is the dismissive use of ‘OK, Boomer’ a justified reaction from younger generations? What does the phrase say about generational divides in the country?

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