Every once in awhile, a Jeopardy! question rewards the audience as much as it does the contestant. On Thursday’s Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time, that’s precisely what went down. Basically, millennials got their big moment — thanks to Ken Jennings.
Arriving at a $400 question under the “OK” category, tournament legend Jennings was asked to come up with the answer for the following clue… “A 2019 New York Times article says this 2-word phrase ‘marks the end of friendly generational relations.’”
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 10, 2020
“I get to say it to Alex…” Jennings said, with a smirk on his face, before answering “What is ‘OK, Boomer’?” Cue audience laughter, applause, and an adorable smile from Alex Trebek (who, for the record, isn’t technically a Boomer).
For those of us who missed it, or haven’t used the reference ourselves (although, haven’t we all?) a New York Times article was published last October which officially solidified the phrase “Ok Boomer” as a mainstream generational quip. Basically, it’s aimed at older people — usually those within the Baby Boomer category — who are critical toward younger generations.
Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. Your aunt asks why you buy jeans with holes in them. Your parents wonder why you own 15 plants instead of a house, at the age of 25. Your grandparents don’t understand what a “social media influencer” is. The Boomers you work with seemingly still think climate change isn’t real. Whenever these stereotypes present themselves, you have the perfect opportunity to hit back with an “OK Boomer” reply, and maybe an eye-roll. Or, if you’re Ken Jennings, you can also use it to win some money. So, for any of us who thought the phrase had been put to rest, perhaps it just received an official revival.
The author of the New York Times piece, Taylor Lorenz, even chimed in on Twitter, saying she can ‘Officially retire now’.
I can retire now https://t.co/RqOcsfWltZ
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) January 10, 2020
Jeopardy! GOAT is the ultimate tournament for quiz masters, bringing together the three biggest champions from the game show’s history: Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer. Previously, Jennings earned himself legendary status by holding a 74-game winning streak (pretty impressive, to say the least).
Currently, Jennings sits in the lead of the tournament with two wins, but Holzhauer is following close behind. Once one contestant wins three matches, the show will have its ultimate Jeopardy! champion who will claim the $1 million prize.