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zoomer

analogy; noun
Used to refer to a member of Generation Z, the generation of people following the Millennials. Members of Generation Z are characterized by their familiarity with modern technology, particularly smartphones and social media. They are also viewed to be very progressive and independent.
 
The word zoomer was formed on the analogy of boomer, which is often used to refer to the Baby Boomer generation that covers those Americans born from 1946 to 1964. By swapping out the b in boomer for the Z in generation z, the word zoomer was formed. Zoomer is often used with the intent of being dismissive, similarly to the word boomer. Commonly used in the phrase “okay, zoomer,” the term is typically used to treat a Generation Z member’s opinions as unworthy of consideration. This word was likely coined to provide an easy, memorable way to refer to Generation Z in a derogatory and dismissive manner. Since the word boomer already accomplishes this purpose for the Baby Boomer generation, the coinage of this term likely took advantage of this and used analogy to apply these same feelings of dismissiveness to Generation Z by extension. It might be the case that the term boomer went through pejoration, as it used to be a neutral term that has suddenly caught on negative connotations. Zoomer, on the other hand, has had these negative connotations attached to it since its conception.
Etymology : The word zoomer is formed from the root zoom and the noun-forming suffix -er. The word zoom came about in 1886 from onomatopoeic origins, as used by aviators. Zoomer was formed by analogy from the word boomer.
Source : Me: “I don’t spend that much time on social media. Probably like a couple hours a day.” My brother (a Millennial): “Yeah, okay, zoomer. That’s definitely not a lot of time.” (In person. 10.08.19)
Last modified: 6 December 2019


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