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What is Boomer?

Boomer is an informal term for baby boomer, a person born during the baby boom (sharp increase in birthrates) after World War II. This generation generally includes anyone born in the US between 1946–65, a time of great economic prosperity.

What is Ok Boomer?

Ok Boomer is a viral internet slang phrase 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 and older people more generally.

“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.

Examples:

  • Don’t believe climate change is real? Ok, Boomer. 
  • Want to call all young people “snowflakes” and blame them for every ill in the world? #OkBoomer.

Recent use of Ok Boomer:

In 2019, Chloe Swarbrick, a 25 year old New Zealand MP used the two word jibe to shut off an older MP when he tried to interrupt her while she was talking about the Zero Carbon Bill and how important it was for her generation that governments take action to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

A lot of youngsters today are now taking interest in global issues and the concerns surrounding them. The current generation understands the problems they are facing and are willing to remedy them, but are lacking support from the government authorities. Older people have a lot of experience; however one should also sometimes take a step back and let somebody else take the lead in order to make things happen. Many a times, what you need more than experience is courage, passion and the determination to stick with your plan until the  end. 

All through school and college, we've always been told that youngsters are the future of the country - the future of the world. But I don't see any point in all these expectations from the younger generation if by the time they grow up they're demands and opinions are treated like those of school children. 

Maybe Ok Boomer is a little too harsh, maybe it's not. But it's definitely exactly what this generation feels. 


To watch Chloe Swarbrick use the term, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxJsPXrEqCI

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