OK Boomer

Not being around very many young people, this phrase was new to me just this week, even though it’s been around for a while.

It’s the latest way for Millennials to dismiss the opinions and wisdom of the older generation, and close off all conversation with a mindless slogan.

According to Wikipedia, the phrase “OK Boomer” is a pejorative retort and ageist catchphrase used to dismiss or mock perceived narrow-minded, outdated, negatively judgemental, or condescending attitudes of older people, particularly baby boomers.

You know, all the stuff that’s been true forever, which they have arbitrarily decided isn’t anymore. They know better.

The Red Guard in Maoist China and the infamous Hitler Youth also had the sublime confidence of youth.

3 Comments

  1. TFO

    November 20, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Great comment.
    Yes, let’s work on a new phrase to combat the insanity.

  2. (this is a blah blah thinking out loud comment) As a woman, being dismissed with a mindless generalization is something that has happened for my entire life, not for being a boomer but for being female. Boomer men have been doing it for as long as I’ve been alive. It’s interesting (and disheartening) to see it the other way around. The categorical dismissal based on age instead of gender or race. The “woke” generation is hilariously doing what they complain the boomers have done to gays, blacks, women etc. Is it something to change? Bring awareness to? Sigh, and pay attention to our own small world of beautiful souls because in the bigger picture these playground dynamics are going to okay out whether we chime in or not? As a massive introvert that is my tendency.

    I had a day of “rest” recently and by rest I mean, I snuggled in bed with snacks and warm drinks and stupidly spent a lot of time on facebook commenting on things. There was not one single instance where my comment was taken even remotely as it was meant. All responders behaved as if I’d said something completely different. The projections were immense – everything from I’m jealous and hateful of Melania Trump because of her beauty, to I’m triggered and upset by a post where someone asked about creepshots (inappropriate photos taken without consent, for the purpose of sexual gratification)….. to the idea that I’m supporting bestiality (WHAT?!?!) When someone thinks they know what the other one is saying there is often no coming back from that.

    I wonder if there is a phrase that could become equally well known as the opposite, not the badge of closed mindedness and projection, but of curiosity. A catch phrase for those who are interested in expansion of ideas. One that serves not only as an opener to the other party but as a reminder to self.

    • Dear Freja…how about the phrase…’I love you’ and there is enough for all of us. To me, anything opposite to what you so well expressed…the curiosity, expansion of ideas, an opener to the other party AND also a reminder to self…is not love but common consumption, vandalism and plundering. We have a phrase for that…I hate you. There is no coming back from that. There is only going forward.

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