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Post by Thorin on Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:03 pm

The postwar generation has received the ultimate put-down — and, boy, they had it coming, says the activist, healer and intersectionalist poet

Old people are super-problematic. They don’t know what “non-binary” means, most of them aren’t vegan and they’re not on Instagram, which means we can’t be sure what they’re up to. Even the ones who fought in the Second World War ended up voting for Brexit, so we can be fairly certain they were only opposing Hitler as a cover for their fascism.

Thankfully, there’s a new phrase doing the rounds on social media that is a great way to shut down an old person if they try to disagree with you. I used it last week when my grandmother was accusing me of living in some kind of “echo chamber” (even though all my close friends agree that’s definitely not the case). I simply looked at her and uttered the words “OK boomer”. The sheer sophistication of this retort left her utterly speechless. Victory was mine.

The word “boomer” is a modified version of “baby-boomer” for those who can’t be bothered with the extra syllables. And a great thing about the ingenious OK boomer riposte is that it can be used against any old person of any age, not just those born in the baby-boom era, between 1946 and 1964. It’s more a state of mind.

And now it has found its way into mainstream politics. Earlier this month, Chlöe Swarbrick, a 25-year-old Green Party MP in New Zealand’s parliament who was berating her older colleagues for opposing a bill that would reduce carbon emissions, snapped “OK boomer” when she was challenged. Who needs “argument” or “debate” when you have an empowering meme like that up your sleeve?

To be honest, I didn’t even know New Zealand had its own parliament. I thought it was just a timeshare for rich Australians.


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/titania-mcgrath-woke-warriors-need-just-two-words-to-put-you-oldies-in-your-place-ok-boomer-9f8rwfwvf?fbclid=IwAR3OFQslUUUbP8jFbg8vGnpmvliyCggqc03z6neielzx0eZkvXOYdg4wPZI

lol more to read on the link


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Post by nicko on Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:50 pm

I thought "Boomer" was a slang name for a Kangeroo ?
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Post by Ben Reilly on Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:59 pm

And the Boomers respond by calling the young people "triggered snowflake" and a wealth of wisdom is thus shared, and indeed enriched, by inter-generational exchange.

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Post by Thorin on Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:10 pm

Ben Reilly wrote:And the Boomers respond by calling the young people "triggered snowflake" and a wealth of wisdom is thus shared, and indeed enriched, by inter-generational exchange.

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Errr no, that would be the specific term "generation snowflake"

Snowflake itself can be applied to all ages.

Anyway the satire was hilarious from the article lol

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Post by 'Wolfie on Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:36 pm

nicko wrote:I thought "Boomer" was a slang name for a Kangeroo ?
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Yep...

And probably one good reason why that attempted putdown by the 'Millennials generation' won't catch on down here..

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