The Definitive Dictionary for Boomers to Understand Their Children




If it is one of those who used -and perhaps still uses- expressions such as “guay del Paraguay”, “efectiviwonder”, “nasti de plasti” or “me piro vampiro”, but has no idea what “stalker” means, “Sisifando”, “crush” or “to flama”; It has just joined the list of “boomers” and, without a doubt, it needs the dictionary that the students of a school in Fuengirola (Malaga) have just prepared.

But what is a “boomer”? Until recently, this was the colloquial term used to refer to those who were born between 1945 and 1965, the so-called “baby boom” generation; But since in 2019 the message (meme) «OK, boomer» became viral, if a teenager uses it, what he really means is mature, grandfather or simply old-fashioned.

Those “modern” expressions that were part of youth slang in ancient times, and which the elders of the time did not like because they probably did not understand, have been replaced by others such as “bannear”, “shippear” or “sincrocomer”, which now They use the children and grandchildren -or nephews- of those young people and that arouse that same feeling of discomfort among the adults of 2020.

Although “you end up getting used to their vocabulary,” many times you don’t understand what they say and “the demons take you away” when you listen to them, the mother of two 12- and 15-year-olds, students of the said school, explains to Efe, laughing. named “Salliver”, Verónica González.


In an attempt to bridge these linguistic differences and involve the parents in their conversations, 60 fourth-year ESO students from this Malaga educational center, coordinated by their language teachers, María Ortega and Marta García, have prepared the «Dictionary for boomers ”, in which the main words of the jargon of today’s youth are translated.

The document contains about 200 words, most of which do not appear in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy of the Language (RAE), but are present in the usual conversations of any teenager today.

It is inspired by the works of the Catalan professor Cristian Olivé, for which the terms, in addition to being explained, are also contextualized so that those who are not so young can understand them and “feel more part” of their children’s lives, Ortega explained to Efe .


Among the most popular words are “bannear”, which is presented as an alternative to throw or eliminate; “Crush”, as a synonym for crush, and “shippear”, which is used to refer to the desire to unite two people in a relationship; while “to flama” would be the current version of the old-fashioned “how cool”, adds this teacher.

Among those that most attract the attention of parents and teachers is “stalker”, who follows the life of another through social networks but in gossip mode; “Sisifando”, to refer to a program that takes a long time to open, or “syncro-eating”, a term used to indicate that everything on the plate – a steak and potatoes, for example – is being eaten at the same time, The technical director of the school, Pedro Arturo Sánchez, tells Efe.

Many of these words originate from other languages, especially English, and are closely linked to the use of the internet and video games, but above all to the “jargon” of the “youtubers” (who publish videos on the YouTube platform ) most popular of the moment, has pointed out Marta García.

All generations insist on making a difference with adults, it is something almost inherent in human nature, and language is one of the formulas preferred by the youngest to put distance from their parents or with those who are older than them.

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