Did “OK Boomer” just die or get a second life?
When contestant and Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings selected the $400 question — or answer, in Jeopardy! format — under the “OK” category column, the clue read: “A 2019 New York Times article says this 2-word phrase ‘marks the end of friendly generational relations.'”
“I get to say it to Alex! What is ‘OK, Boomer’?” Jennings energetically responded, to laughter from the audience.
“Thank you,” Trebek said with a smile.
The popular phrase, made mainstream by The New York Times article, derives from the phrase “baby boomer” and is usually aimed at older people who are critical toward younger generations. Like many sayings that have been turned into memes and co-opted by boomers themselves, “OK Boomer” is now often used ironically.
We approve of Jennings’ usage here, as do many Twitter users.
“Best moment of television history is when the answer to the jeopardy greatest of all time “OK” category was OK BOOMER” Olivia Pullin tweeted.
Journalist Taylor Lorenz, who authored the “OK Boomer” piece, even reacted to the funny moment on Twitter. “I can retire now,” she wrote.
Technically, Trebek, who was born in 1940, isn’t a boomer, which applies to those born between 1944 and 1964. The Canadian host was technically part of the Silent Generation.
Jennings won Thursday’s game against formidable competitors James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter. The tournament, which pits the show’s three biggest champions against one another, concludes when one contestant wins three matches. The series continues next week, and currently, Jennings is in the lead with two wins and Holzhauer with one.