Generations commonly value and abhor conflicting attributes from their predecessors. What was prized amongst the Boomers is often taken an offensive trigger word by Millennials. Traits that were commonly worthy of praise amongst generations past can now be considered downright insulting.
This list will examine why Millennials take offense to particular terms and why they should reconsider doing so. The way we use language reflects the values that we prize and therefore the behavior that we, as a society, encourage. Unfortunately, many of the descriptors that young people frown upon could be valuable and positive traits.
This is not to say that these labels exclusively have a negative connotation among twenty to thirty year olds, rather their bad reputation is more pronounced within this age group.
The following list contains eight terms that Millennials consider offensive:
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