Catchphrase “OK boomer” ruffles older gens feathers


Gideon Hauser and Caleb Ramsey

The oh-so-popular catchphrase “OK boomer” is bothering older people. According to the NY times, this phrase is used as a counter against people trying to say bad things about younger people or technology. It’s also a phrase used to counter the term “Snowflake.”

They even made an anthem for it ( The anthem starts with the sentence, “It’s funny you think I respect your opinion, when your hairline looks that disrespectful.” The anthem posted is on a SoundCloud, so it’s a bit unprofessional.

Mr. Kuli mentions that “The song is aggressive and ridiculous, but I think it says a lot about Gen Z culture. I think because of the internet, people are finally feeling like they have a voice and an outlet to critique the generations who got us into this position.”

The phrase came from a Tik Tok reply. An old man was talking about how gens Y and Z don’t want to grow up. The man was old, and possibly a boomer, so the replier sent “OK boomer” starting the trend.

OK, Boomer is now used a lot like the phrase OK chief, which was used sarcastically when someone tells you to do something. A young civilian states that anyone can be a boomer, it’s more thought of as a mindset than an attack on the actual generation. The phrase is just used by annoyed teens.

Chloe Swarbrick, a British Parliament member, uses this phrase. A man off to the side says something about the average age of 49, and she responds with “OK Boomer.” This was a shock coming from someone of her status.

So, the phrase OK boomer is a widely used retort against old people and when people are feeling slightly oppressed. The “OK Boomer” phrase has been a real feather ruffler, but in a few years (or days), it’ll pass.