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Radio Host Claims Boomer Is The N-Word For Old People

Radio Host Claims Boomer Is The N-Word For Old People

Intergenerational fighting has been going on for years. The younger group often feels maligned by the older group and the older feels like the younger has no respect.

It's a cycle that seems like it will go on for eternity.

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Millennials have been calle everything under the sun: entitled, lazy, too sensitive and a whole host of other labels. The age group has been accused of killing off different industries, from restaurants to diamonds.

As a result, millennials have come up with a comeback whenever they're ridiculed by people older than them: 'ok boomer'.

It's not necessarily a dig at the person's age, but more targeted to the idea that the life they grew up in is vastly different to their own.

However, one man believes the word 'boomer', which is short for baby boomer (individuals born between 1946 and 1964), is an offensive word that is akin to using something far more offensive.

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Conservative American radio host Bob Lonsberry wrote on Twitter: "'Boomer' is the N-word of ageism. Being hip and flip does not make bigotry ok, nor is a derisive epithet acceptable because it is new."

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

The tweet eventually was deleted after hundreds of replies tried to explain that Bob wasn't really on the mark here.

He was reaching so much that even Dictionary.com piped up to settle the debate.

"Boomer is an informal noun referring to a person born during a baby boom, especially one born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1965," the wordsmith wrote on Twitter. "The n-word is one of the most offensive words in the English language."

The term 'ok boomer' has exploded over the past few weeks after virtually nothing previously. Google Trends shows the two words skyrocketed in search terms around October 13.

Credit: Google
Credit: Google

People have even started selling merchandise with the term on jumpers and sweatshirts.

The New York Times has declared that the term 'marks the end of friendly generational relations'.

The NYT article claimed the reason why 'ok boomer' sparked so much attention was because a white-haired man on TikTok claimed that 'millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don't ever want to grow up'.

Loads of comments on the video were the aforementioned 'ok boomer' and a millennial rallying cry was born.

If you're still wondering exactly what it means, Dictionary.com has provided a helpful sentence: "OK boomer is a viral internet slang phrase used, often in a humorous or ironic manner, to call out or dismiss out-of-touch or close-minded opinions associated with the baby boomer generation and older people more generally."

Featured Image Credit: Bob Lonsberry/Facebook

Topics: Viral, Community

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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