New Gen Z slang enraging baby boomers


Lexi Mariash, Staff Writer

In the passing fads and trends among the teenagers of Generation Z, one new term has caught the attention of older generations and has infuriated them. 

According to Know Your Meme, “OK Boomer” is a dismissive retort often used to disregard or mock baby boomers and those who are perceived as old-fashioned and being out-of-touch.

While the direct origin of the term is unknown, in past years it was used by Gen Z and millennials in response to politicians who were older and “out of touch” with progressive society.

Recently, the term has gained more traction than ever through the app TikTok. TikTok is a social media video app that allows people to create their own short videos by lip syncing to audio and sound bytes or creating their own original audio. One audio clip that blew up was “OK Boomer” by peter kuli & jedwill. 

The song inspired many videos with varying levels of seriousness.  Some poked fun at old people for making fun of fashion trends such as ripped jeans and dyed hair and others were more hot button, addressing controversial topics like climate change. There was also an art movement inspired by “Ok Boomer.” 

On Oct. 29, the New York Times published “‘OK Boomer’ Marks the End of Friendly Generational Relations” which called even more attention to the meme and brought insight from young people about why “Ok Boomer” got so popular.

Young people believe it is so effective because it is more productive to laugh at offensive “Boomer” comments rather than argue with people who will likely never change their mind.

Despite its popularity among the youth, boomers are not responding well. 

Searching “Ok Boomer” on Twitter will pull up vast amounts of tweets from angry members of the age group. 

A tweet written by @ememess said:

“Before you type the words ‘okay Boomer,’ consider whether it might make you sound like a teenager being ageist and puerile. And be aware, your time for having Gen Z dismiss you with an eye-rolling ‘okay, Millennial’ will come soon enough. 

— Signed, a grumpy Gen X” 

And another by @talkmaster said:

“I love it when some vacuous millennial says ‘OK Boomer.’ That is your confirmation that you have taken this myrmidon to the limits of their intellect. “OK Boomer” translates to “OK, you got me.”  Wear it with pride. #okayboomer” 

Tweets and posts have gone viral by showing screen shots and emails of companies filing “Ok Boomer” as work place discrimination. The Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act is cited as protecting older employees from workplace discrimination or harassment on basis of age. 

But that begs the question is “Ok Boomer” discrimination? The answer is clearly no.

One tweet even accuses “Ok Boomer” of being the “N-word of ageism.”

In response, the internet spammed a quote from writer and comedian John Mulaney.

“If you’re comparing the badness of two words, and you won’t even say one of them… That’s the worse word,” said Mulaney. 

Millennials and Gen Z get a lot of news coverage due to unwarranted hate from older people that blame them for killing industries and markets they have no control over. This new term seems to be the only way to shut out the years of being called “sensitive snowflakes” by boomers.

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