- Nov 7, 2019 at 10:20 pm #3617686
I depend on chaff to keep up on modern culture, but this one has slipped by
““Boomer” is also, evidently, an insult to an older person, who may or may not technically be a baby boomer. The development of the word as a pejorative is a pretty recent phenomenon, best exemplified by “OK boomer” — a phrase that has gained heavy traction on the social video app TikTok,among other internet platforms. Much like the poorly aged ‘90s slang “talk to the hand,” “OK boomer” is a derisive repudiation, a bit mocking in tone, like a verbal eye roll — and it’s directed specifically by a young person toward someone older.”
“A ‘boomer’ [in this case] is an older, angry white male who is shaking his fist at the sky while not being able to take an insult. They have close-minded opinions, are resistant to change — whether it’s new technology or gender inclusivity — and are generally out of touch with how their behaviors affect other people.””Nov 7, 2019 at 10:21 pm #3617687
Maybe it’s just a Trump style counterpunch by millennials who have been unfairly characterized by boomersNov 7, 2019 at 11:48 pm #3617694
A juicy topic!!!
I’m fascinated with these phrases and how they come and go among the younger people I teach.
I typically hear the “ok boomer” phrase used as a reaction to an older person giving unsolicited, slightly condescending, possibly ignorant, and often irrelevant advice to a younger person.
Older person: “You know, Facebook and all of this social media is really bad for society and encourages shallow behavior…”
Younger person (who has been using social media since birth, has integrated it as a pivotal part of their social life and identity, navigates it without thought, and also abandoned Facebook half a decade ago for Snapchat…): “Ok boomer”.
Older person: “Back in my day we changed our own oil, worked on our own cars, mowed our own lawns, and still managed to work part time at the hardware store!”
Younger person (who lives in a metropolis high-rise and has found it’s more economical to use Lyft and Uber than own their own car, sells used clothing, video game skins, and freelance graphic design work from home while making 4 times minimum wage doing it…): “Ok boomer…”
The Boomer also often grew up in the best years, when the movies were better, the music was better, the books were better, the sports were better, the education was better, the people were better, the country was better, the world was better…and they will let you know it.
Oh, and more than just about anything, Boomers like to complain about Millenials.
Or so it has been explained to me by Zoomers…Nov 8, 2019 at 12:01 am #3617696
thanks for that, healthful belly laugh
you must be a bit younger than baby boomer? or maybe ok boomer doesn’t have to be an exact age range
I think ok boomer would be a good response to occasional chaff topics. At least a response to mine : )Nov 8, 2019 at 12:10 am #3617698
Yeah, I’m a young Gen Xer, 1976, getting close to Gen Y (Millenial).
“Ok Boomer” seems to cover my age group as well, thought there is the “30 year old Boomer” meme, implying a Millenial is “out of touch” beyond their years.
“I think ok boomer would be a good response to occasional chaff topics. At least a response to mine : )”
Yes! My son was literally looking over my shoulder at something I was writing on Chaff once and said “Ok boomer” to me with a smile as he walked away. I think we tend to forget how generational some of our gripes are, or how our solutions may be very out of touch in the minds of younger people.Nov 8, 2019 at 2:44 am #3617721
So apparently this is becoming quite the $hitstorm.
I just spoke with my son on the phone and mentioned this conversation. He was the first that I heard use the term. Apparently there was just an incident in NZ Parliament in which a millenial said “ok boomer” to an older member of parliament that was heckling her…
…now raising the question of whether or not “ok boomer” is in fact an ageist slur.
Personally, I’ve been introduced to it within the context of boomers, zoomers, doomers, bloomers…all memes making fun of various age groups and stereotypes within them. Taken alone, maybe “ok boomer” seems harsh. But all the kids I know that use it (including my own) do so within the context of also using terms making fun of every other generation, including their own.
What a can of worms.Nov 8, 2019 at 4:17 am #3617742Nov 8, 2019 at 2:31 pm #3617769
yeah, i had to walk a mile to school. In the snow, uphill.
and 1 mile in the snow uphill back every dayNov 8, 2019 at 2:35 pm #3617770
yeah, that New Zealand story is what turned me onto this important subject.
She was giving a speech to congress about global warming, an older person was heckling her, she slipped in “ok boomer” without skipping a beat, perfect comic timing.Nov 8, 2019 at 6:52 pm #3617807
Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
“Boomers like to complain about Millenials.”. So true.Nov 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm #3617808
Sarah KirkconnellBPL Member
@sarbarLocale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW
And us GenX’ers just sit there, as usual, rolling our eyes. I have friends who are older Millennials (mid 30’s), and they prefer to act like they are Gen X’ers. Haha.
My oldest is 22, so missed being a millennial by a year. Is he a Zoomer? Who knows. He doesn’t care. Hell, he doesn’t even do social media.
Ironically, I have plenty of friends who are Gen X’ers who had kids young (since older GenX can be more than 10 years older than me) and their kids are the younger millennials. Not all of them were born from Boomers. You only have to be 23 to be a millennial.
And yeah, I’ll continue on being a cranky GenX’er who is suspicious of everyone. ;-)Nov 9, 2019 at 3:59 pm #3617906
I just learned I am a Xer. What a relief. All is good now :)Nov 9, 2019 at 4:19 pm #3617910
“All is good now :)”
Good to know it’s not our generation ruining the world, isn’t it? Not too old and out of touch, not too young and soft and helpless…Us GenXers are just right!Nov 9, 2019 at 4:19 pm #3617911
No, I think the term “ok boomer” can be used on you by anyone younger : )
Like, I can say “ok boomer” to Nick. Doug can use it on me. But we’re all boomers by age so not that good an example. Craig said his son used it on him I believe.Nov 9, 2019 at 4:31 pm #3617916
“Good to know it’s not our generation ruining the world, isn’t it? Not too old and out of touch, not too young and soft and helpless…Us GenXers are just right!”
and..and..we are not even sarcastic;)Nov 10, 2019 at 4:02 pm #3618022
I just saw a headline about Bloomberg running for president
“OK Bloomberg”Nov 10, 2019 at 5:01 pm #3618030
Made me laugh.
I let people know when they make be laugh because I’m hoping to modify their behavior to a point where they make me laugh all the time. It is part of my abs fitness program.Nov 10, 2019 at 5:17 pm #3618034
except I usually don’t, I’m embarrassed I post too much : )
I don’t want anyone to think that just because I don’t comment, I think they’re not funnyNov 10, 2019 at 11:25 pm #3618060
I’m embarrassed you post so much, Jerry.Nov 10, 2019 at 11:38 pm #3618062
that made me laugh, thanksNov 11, 2019 at 1:02 am #3618082
@bookLocale: Northern California
Millenials: kids…or kidney stones? When one says “o.k. boomer” to you, ask him or her what was the last film they’ve seen that wasn’t part of the Marvel Comics franchise.
wait…are millenials the o.k. boomer saying generation? I’ve lost track, not because I’m geriatric but because I’m sorta indifferent–I mean, I have other interests. There’s too much in life to keep track of everything!
Nov 30, 2019 at 1:32 am #3620888Nov 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm #3620930
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good piece, I’m glad I knew about this before it died
wait a second, a boomer is proclaiming it dead. Maybe that’s just his desire : )Nov 30, 2019 at 11:21 pm #3620987
good that people have something better to do on Thanksgiving weekend than mindlessly post on some internet forumDec 1, 2019 at 2:16 am #3620999
Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
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