OK boomer, millennials and Gen Z are coming for you

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18 November 2019 - 05:05It was, in many respects, one of internet history’s more improbable chapters. A wood-panelled hall. A 165-year-old parliament. And a young female MP embarking on a searing speech on climate change before punctuating it with two unexpected words: “OK boomer”.

For the captioning staff at New Zealand parliament TV, Chlöe Swarbrick’s remark last week — aimed at a heckler some years her senior — proved unintelligible. “OK Berma,” ran the station’s subtitles, in an admirable stab at intergenerational translation.A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

 

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