Maybe I'm just getting old, but I find it disturbing when "boomer" is used as in insult or as a mockery. Is it so in your language too?
I don't think I've ever seen someone go against this kind of discriminatory language though so maybe it's just that I hang out with the wrong people =D
@arteteco I dont get offended by it so much as I immediately know its a person who isnt likely to add much value to most conversations.
@freemo well, I don't get offended neither, also because I'm not a boomer, but if I was called "old!" just because I fail to do something or because of a way I speak or act, that would make me feel quite bad
@arteteco Fair, though people with little value often say things that might be hurtful just to get attention since people rarely want to pay them attention due to their lack of value in the first place.
Its like the conspiracy theorists, the more you ignore them because what they say is in no way productive or helpful the louder and more offensive they get in the hopes someone will finally engage with them.
@dynamic Yeah I don't love them and I don't hate them, depends on people, I just find it very offensive to use the age as an insult. Not sure how is it different from using the skin color or the gender, but I rarely see people talking against this kind of speech
One of the things that perplexes me about the current use of "boomer" is that the term refers to people who were born between specific dates, but that the way it is commonly used seems to be an exact stand-in for older terms for old people: "grandma", "pops", "fogie."
Those kinds of slurs have been with us for a while, but this one seems to be stereotyping not old people, but people of a specific generation. And yet, I think that a lot of people using the term don't know that Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are too old to be boomers. I wonder whether it's common knowledge that Barack Obama is too young to be a boomer.
A millennial friend of mine recently got "okay boomer"d by one of his students. Would it hit you any differently if the student had said "okay, pops" instead?
@dynamic Yeah, I'm a millenial and I've also been often called a boomer. In time a sense of being old grew on me and I hate it
No it wouldn't make a sensible difference to be called "pop" or "grandpa", I'd still find it offensive, it's just that I never see those in my language while I often hear boomer.
I agree that is often not properly used, but that's how it goes with insults
I'm not a boomer myself- but from what I understand its original intent was to label a generation of people but has since then been transformed into an insult. That being noted, I would feel insulted if someone called me a boomer- not just because of the insulting implications, but also because I'm not so old as the originally referred 'boomers'.
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