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What Baby Boomer Slang Besides "Groovy" Is Unhip and Uncool?

Making fun of older generations’ slang (e.g., “cat’s pajamas” or “twenty-three skidoo“) has been good for laughs for hundreds of years.

The most notorious Baby Boomer slang term is of course “groovy.” Yet looking at a list of Baby Boomer slang, it’s hard to see too many others that are stereotypical objects of generational derision the way Baby Boomers derided their parents’ and grandparents’ slang, like saying “hep” instead of “hip.”

Or, no doubt, Baby Boomer slang is widely derided by today’s youth, but as a complacent Baby Boomer I’m too generationally smug to notice or care. In high school in the 1970s, we were assigned Alvin Toffler’s book “Future Shock” about how the world is changing ever-faster, but, it turns out, the world still looks a lot like high school.

This is not to say that it’s ideal to have been a Baby Boomer — for career opportunity, the best years to be born were likely the Birth Dearth of 1930-1945 up through the early years of the Baby Boom, for simple supply and demand reasons. But for sheer cultural domination and inertia, there hasn’t been anything in living memory like the long run of the Baby Boomers.

 
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