"OK, Boomer" Is the Ultimate Generation Z Clap-back

Friday, March 20, 2020

Chances are you've seen the phrase all over social media and might be a fan of it. "OK boomer" is a phrase Gen Zer's are using to clap back at older people or people who just don't like change, whether it's about culture or especially on things about politics.

What does "OK boomer" mean?

According to Dictionary.com, "OK boomer" is a viral internet slang phrase used, often humorously or ironically, to call out or dismiss out-of-touch or close-minded opinions associated with the baby boomer generation and older people more generally. 

According to  Know Your Meme, we can trace back the origin of the phrase as early as April 2018 as a hashtag in response to tweets criticizing both Gen Z and Millennials.

In earlier news, New Zealand politician Chlöe Swarbrick even dropped the phrase in response to being heckled during her speech that made the phrase spiked again in popularity through memes. 

Meanwhile, in twitterverse:

What do people think of the term?

Some older people might find it offensive, but let's be honest term is pretty funny. However, LET'S BE CLEAR: the "ok, boomer" clap back is only used for people who are being rude, ignorant, condescending and insulting to the younger generation. It is not aimed to be used otherwise to hurt people's sentiments.

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