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
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