OK Boomer

over 30Those of us old enough to be called Boomers may remember the old “Don’t trust  anyone over 30.”  That phrase became obsolete when the first boomers hit  30 in 1976.

The phrase, “Never trust anyone over 30,” was coined by Jack Weinberg, a political activist at Cal-Berkeley in the 1960s. Now on the other side of the fence, Boomers are more likely to say you shouldn’t trust anyone under 30. In return, Millennials just give Boomers the side-eye (whatever that means).–from Leading with Trust  by Randy Conley, June 4, 2017

Today, Boomers are on the other side of the generational divide. Millennials are tired of being stereotyped by boomers who refuse to

  • retire
  • share the wealth
  • continue needed social programs
  • recognize the crushing impact  of student loan debt
  • quit running for president

Millennials’ answer to Boomers is an eye roll and the phrase “OK, Boomer.”

OK boomer is meant to be cutting and dismissive. It suggests that the conversation around the anxieties and concerns of younger generations has become so exhausting and unproductive that the younger generations are collectively over it. OK boomer implies that the older generation misunderstands millennial and Gen Z culture and politics so fundamentally that years of condescension and misrepresentation have led to this pointedly terse rebuttal and rejection. Rather than endlessly defend decisions stemming from deep economic strife, to save money instead of investing in stocks and retirement funds, to buy avocados instead of cereal — teens and younger adults are simply through.  Vox, November 19, 2019 by Aja Romano.

ok boomerAlthough the phrase gained traction in 2019, according to Wikipedia, “The first recorded instance of the phrase “OK Boomer” appeared in a Reddit comment on 29 January 2009″

On Wednesday,January 15, 2020 the phrase,”OK, Boomer” was taken up by the Supreme Court to see if it conveyed ageism.
Because the Age Discrimination in Employment Act prevents employment discrimination only against anyone over age 40, it means our most maligned generation — those ages 23 to 38 — have no federal protection from age discrimination whatsoever.–https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/ok-boomer-ageist-maybe-supreme-court-case-won-t-fix-ncna1117496

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