OK Boomer!

OK, Boomer!

OK, Boomer!

Kayla Ferrer, Journalist

Ring ring! Who is it? Oh, a boomer rang! It’s grandma.

Some may ask, “What is a boomer?” Well, “boomer” originated from the term ‘Baby Boomer’, which is the generational name for those born roughly from 1946 to 1964.

“Ok boomer!” has been a popular phrase among the younger generations, such as Millennials and Generation Z. It was strongly popularized from memes on social media, as well as a New Zealand politician. Being two of the most progressive and liberal generations, it is no surprise that they poke jokes at the older people for their conservative viewpoints.

Baby Boomer Dr. Elder expressed, “I think [OK Boomer is] supposed to be an insult, but it’s actually a compliment. It sounds like people have nothing to say, so they have to come up with some word to defend themselves.”

Rightfully so as the phrase is essentially a way to dismiss opinions the younger generation deems as outdated. However, Gen X/Millennial Mr. O’rane believes that, “Gen Z kind of copies Gen X in that they joke around a lot… [OK Boomer] is a jab at that generation, but it’s also the sign of the times. It’s [their] outdated ideas of gentrification, patriarchy, heteronormative relationships, all that.” 

Dr. Elder states, “Every generation looks at every upcoming generation as if there’s something wrong with them.” 

In addition, Mr. O’rane says “[Older generations] need to get onboard. My generation needs to find the humor in it just like everyone else.”

Though there are many opposing mindsets when it comes to the saying “OK Boomer,” there is an underlying meaning to it. Echoing Mr. O’rane, it’s the “sign of the times.” The clear divide between Baby Boomers and younger generation shows how much we have evolved as a society.