If you've been anywhere near the internet in the past few weeks, you'll likely have seen the phrase "OK, Boomer" pop up in reference to out-of-touch Boomers. And given the Gen Z/millennial rallying cry's popularity, like clockwork, a Boomer felt the need to complain about the sarcastic usage of the term — even going so far as to deign it an ageist slur.
Yesterday, a conservative radio host by the name of Bob Lonsberry made the unwise decision to share a gobsmackingly shitty take via Twitter, writing, "being hip and flip does not make bigotry ok, nor is a derisive epithet acceptable because it is new." The worst part though? Lonsberry referred to the designation as "the n-word of ageism."
Naturally, it didn't take long for Lonsberry to get ratioed to hell, with everyone from comedian Travon Free to Blink-182's Mark Hoppus joining in on the conversation.
Baby Boomer: (creates a world of vastly inordinate wealth disparity, denies climate change, refuses to address gun violence beyond “thoughts and prayers,” insists that young people are “participation award snowflakes who need safe spaces.”) Young People: OK Boomer Boomer: pic.twitter.com/BVcWbBmnMb
In fact, Dictionary.com even got involved and had to completely eviscerate Lonsberry via some extremely basic facts — something that, as one commenter pointed out, means "you have to log off forever and turn all your possessions over to the local library."
Their response? Uh, a brief mention of the ginormous distinction between a term that is "an informal noun referring to a person born during a baby boom, especially one born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1965" and "one of the most offensive words in the English language."
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.