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Around 1960? Yes.

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Old 03.03.2020, 19:20
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I thought boomer is slang for boombox.
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Old 03.03.2020, 19:36
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Gen Y are millennials last I checked.
Won't someone think of Gen Z?
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ok, so there seems to be some confusion what 'boomer' means,
Maybe this?



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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-jevi1KWzo
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Old 03.03.2020, 19:53
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Re: Boomer - meaning

People, all of these generational terms are American constructs used for marketing. (I know this because I am American and I am a Boomer and I have lived with these definitions all of my life.) These marketing terms started being used back in the 70's (thanks Tom Brokaw), with the Greatest Generation, (my grandparents), who lived through the Great Depression and WWII.


My generation, the Baby Boom, got called that because people like my parents, the Silent Generation, who were very small in number and conceived just after WWII, started procreating like rabbits. Because there are sooooo many of us, we got called the Baby Boom Generation.


And Tom, before you pounce on me, let me just tell you that there is such a thing as a woke boomer. For example, when my great niece came out the other day as being non-binary, I asked her what pronouns she now preferred. So, yes, I am a woke boomer and if someone says "ok boomer" to me, I will punch them in the head.
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Old 03.03.2020, 19:56
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I thought boomer is slang for boombox.
Is that the same thing as a ghetto blaster?

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Didn’t go to University, couldn’t afford it. Didn’t buy(in partnership with my bank), until I was in my 40s, worked my way up through the ranks, scraped and scrimped with every extra penny put into my 2nd,3rd pillar.

Ya, I’m a boomer, it was so, so easy!
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People, all of these generational terms are American constructs used for marketing. (I know this because I am American and I am a Boomer and I have lived with these definitions all of my life.) These marketing terms started being used back in the 70's (thanks Tom Brokaw), with the Greatest Generation, (my grandparents), who lived through the Great Depression and WWII.


My generation, the Baby Boom, got called that because people like my parents, the Silent Generation, who were very small in number and conceived just after WWII, started procreating like rabbits. Because there are sooooo many of us, we got called the Baby Boom Generation.


And Tom, before you pounce on me, let me just tell you that there is such a thing as a woke boomer. For example, when my great niece came out the other day as being non-binary, I asked her what pronouns she now preferred. So, yes, I am a woke boomer and if someone says "ok boomer" to me, I will punch them in the head.
I loved your post! In reference to what you wrote, my parents had nine kids and many of their friends notwithstanding their generation did as well. I recently had to go to the hospital in the US as my husband fell and needed medical attention (he slipped and fell on slate and had a sliced forehead). Ughh!

Fast forward, and I take him to the local ER in the US and ask if there is a plastic surgeon available. Typically NOT on a Sunday, but low and behold they in fact do have one available (lucky us!).

This plastic surgeon happened to mention that he and his wife (an ER doc) have 5 kids!!! I gasp and say, "Wow, I am the youngest of 9 kids and 5 kids today is the "new" nine of yesteryear!" He chuckled and said, his wife gave up her ER career as the hours were too tough managing 5 small children...

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Hubby is fine now Terrifisch?

Went to a catholic uni, I was one of the few with only 3 siblings.... normal was 8-10...... the rich catholic live in the Netherlands.....
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Hubby is fine now Terrifisch?

Went to a catholic uni, I was one of the few with only 3 siblings.... normal was 8-10...... the rich catholic live in the Netherlands.....
Funny. I had a colleague in primary school who came from a family with 5 kids and everyone asked them if they were "Adventists"..... I don't know any family of 8-10. Not even my grandparents came from such large families. It must be really nice though.

Back to the topic

@OP, age is just a number. You'll have young people with old souls and vice-versa. If "boomer" is used as an insult on the internet, you can't do much. I do get where you're coming from, but trying to inform people it's futile.
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Well, he looked like Frankenstein at first - nasty trauma/split in his forehead. He ended up suffering from a chip on his clavicle/shoulder bone as well. No concussion - thankfully! He is on the mend and is doing well

The interesting part for me was the insurance. I gave the US hospital our Swiss address as we only have medical insurance in Switzerland and not the US (we do have annual travel and medical insurance through Allianz worldwide).

A few weeks ago, we receive a statement from the hospital only charging USD 1000 for ER treatment. Interesting as they ran a blood test, took a CT scan of my husband's head to rule out any blood clots, and then did an Xray of his shoulder which revealed the chip. And all of this only costs $1000? I think not!

And so, I call the hospital and ask for a detailed invoice to present to our insurance here. It turns out the bill was almost $7000 but because we live overseas and they have no recourse, we were charged only $1000. Hmmm... My oh my are hospitals and insurance companies profiting from the current medical system in the US!!!

Sorry for the digression Roegner but I hope something changes in the US regarding healthcare!
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Old 03.03.2020, 20:57
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Funny. I had a colleague in primary school who came from a family with 5 kids and everyone asked them if they were "Adventists"..... I don't know any family of 8-10. Not even my grandparents came from such large families. It must be really nice though.
My maternal grandparents were catholic and had seven children, spread out over many many years, with the youngest actually being younger than the oldest grandkids. Grandma was 17 when she got married. The first three kids were born just before or during WW2. Then grandpa was taken prisoner by the nazis, and taken to work in the far north of Norway, from where he managed to escape with false documents. He worked his way home to Holland, by way of many detours, walking much of the way, doing jobs here and there to feed himself, and narrowly escaping arrest several times. He didn't arrive until some time after the war was over by which time he had been presumed dead. He then had to go through the arduous process of proving who he was. Then they had some more kids.
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And Tom, before you pounce on me, let me just tell you that there is such a thing as a woke boomer. For example, when my great niece came out the other day as being non-binary, I asked her what pronouns she now preferred. So, yes, I am a woke boomer and if someone says "ok boomer" to me, I will punch them in the head.

Grandson, 13, after a day skiing with me a couple of weeks ago, said I was a 'peng granny' ... apparently that is a compliment. I'll take it
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Hubby is fine now Terrifisch?

Went to a catholic uni, I was one of the few with only 3 siblings.... normal was 8-10...... the rich catholic live in the Netherlands.....
My father came from a family of 15 siblings, my mother 6, myself 7 siblings.
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My father came from a family of 15 siblings, my mother 6, myself 7 siblings.
Youngest of 6 - Catholic. Wife is youngest of 6 - Methodist.
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Actually I think a fair few regular posters are 55+.
At 52 I eat bran each day and I am very regular.
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Won't someone think of Gen Z?
And then there is Gen F. A large city in the West of Switzerland notable for its lake.
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Maybe this?



Not sure why the link does not seem to work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-jevi1KWzo
Because if you want it to show, you only enter the q-jevi1KWzo part as link.
Meaning only anything after the v=

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Re: Boomer - meaning

At the core of "boomer" as an insult lies the notion that they are the generation that were served everything on a silver platter (steady growth in careers & equity markets, cheaper housing, lower thresholds to employment, less competition for better pay and positions, laxer social mores etc) yet are completely oblivious to all these advantages, often resulting us in the younger generations having to listen to baffling statements like:

"Why don't you just go there and ask them for a job? When I was your age I dropped out of high school, went to an interview on Friday and clocked in Monday morning!"

"I bought my first apartment when I was 20, why haven't you?"`

"I've been doing [UNSKILLED JOB] for 40 years, time to kick back with my boat and remodel my vacation homes"
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I think it describes the user of the term as someone who's just lost the argument, so has to resort to abuse.

Interestingly, the person who used it against me most recently, on receipt of a groan, immediately sent me a PM suggesting I'd be "triggered". Which brings me neatly to another attribute of users of the term - utterly lacking self-awareness.

I'm Gen-X and proud of it. Independent, self sufficient - we had to be.
I noticed that some folk here on EF use "millennial" and "triggered" in the same way. (maybe you also used the combo? I'm not sure...). I guess it goes both ways. There are people in both camps that try to be hurtful by bringing into a discussion they feel they can't control some irrelevant nonsense - such as age or generation or whatevs. We can start a similar discussion about "millennials" too and their alleged fragile egos - which are probably surpassed only by older generations' egos (personal observations). I think real boomers are pretty cool with their age....and in general.
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At the core of "boomer" as an insult lies the notion that they are the generation that were served everything on a silver platter (steady growth in careers & equity markets, cheaper housing, lower thresholds to employment, less competition for better pay and positions, laxer social mores etc) yet are completely oblivious to all these advantages, often resulting us in the younger generations having to listen to baffling statements like:

"Why don't you just go there and ask them for a job? When I was your age I dropped out of high school, went to an interview on Friday and clocked in Monday morning!"

"I bought my first apartment when I was 20, why haven't you?"`

"I've been doing [UNSKILLED JOB] for 40 years, time to kick back with my boat and remodel my vacation homes"

Furthermore, having economic backing when the 'boomers' had kids - they were all unique angel, each individual special in their own way. A comfortable childhood full of all the fruits of the boomer generation. Plans for the future: Whatever you dream of!

I think the biggest issue with the boomers, was spoiling the generation of millennials.

Not necessarily saying this is all bad and negative, but I does give an insight to the mentality gap between the two generations.

Source: Xennial with Silent Gen parents :P
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