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Is It OK To Say "OK, Boomer?"
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Is It OK To Say "OK, Boomer?"

Two weeks ago, The New York Times published a piece that has had far-ranging effects and stoked inter-generational ire just by focusing on what could be viewed as an innocuous phrase: “OK, boomer.” The article explains the rising popularity of responding to older people’s opinions by saying “OK, boomer,” referring to their belonging to the Baby Boomer generation. The phrase began among Zoomers and is meant to encapsulate the angst of Gen Z when it comes to the world they’ve inherited—and there may be some legitimacy. Millennials were the first generation worse off than the generation before them. To quote the article:

A lot of [Baby Boomers] don’t believe in climate change or don’t believe people can get jobs with dyed hair, and a lot of them are stubborn in that view. Teenagers just respond, ‘Ok, boomer.’ It’s like, we’ll prove you wrong, we’re still going to be successful because the world is changing.

 

The phrase has gained so much attention that one entrepreneurial Zoomer put a design of the words on clothing and sold more than $10,000 worth of merchandise.

Following the article, “OK, boomer” seems to have captured the cultural moment. A 25 year-old politician in New Zealand used it to silence older hecklers, The Times’ own opinion column weighed in on it, and the Internet is still abuzz with the echo of “OK, boomer” fallout weeks after the article was published.

But is it OK to say “OK, boomer?” Detractors say that at best it’s stereotypical, at worst it’s ageism. Baby Boomer proponents say that it’s a flippant phrase and shouldn’t be given more weight than it deserves.

Where do you fall in the debate? Is it OK for teens and young adults to say “OK, boomer” or are they crossing a line? Let us know in the comments.

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Just like all language use, it depends on how and in what context it is stated. If used to degrade or otherwise denigrate others, then it is a poor example of the Millennials who use it. It really only reflects on the person who says it.

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Sadly the generations become more and more alienated. None of the generations feel they can learn from the other anymore. It’s long gone that children learn from their elders about anything. I’ve observed that people from my generation no longer want their parents to live with them. When we were growing up our parents usually had one grandparent in the house.

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Just another example of lack of coherence between the generations. Each generation since the 1960s has become more and more alienated from the other. The latter generations don’t believe they can learn anything from the previous generations. It’s really a sad situation.

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“Ok, Boomer” is just another form of ridicule to demean the aging. When will we, the citizens who believe in America’s Truths and Freedoms, stop allowing these self-serving, power-seeking, impolite persons to cast more tarnish upon our Country’s name? Haven’t we seen enough? To the generation interested in the power, wealth, experience and other envious traits of the aged; I say take time to make that walk filled with not only joy but also hardship, then you will deserve the endowment. Finally, we are to respect “All” peoples! This especially includes our aged. They have paved the way for you! Sure, you may step in a pothole here and there, but only because they were so far advanced in the journey it would have created chaos to return for that one pothole.Now, it’s your chance to make a difference. I pray for a renewal in our land toward reconciliation with our neighbors be they aged, black, yellow or stiff-necked! Remember, everyone will eventually get older! It will soon be your turn.

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We are all too thin-skinned. We think everything people say is an insult.

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