Boomer Guide to Gen-Z Slang

Red Pill: Hip.  “He’s red-pilled” = “He’s hip”

Blue Pill: Bourgeois.  “Blue-pill media” = “Bourgeois  media”

Black Pill: Bummer.  “What a black pill” = “What a bummer”

White Pill: Groovy.  “That was a white pill” = “That was groovy”

Note to Gen-Z readers: This guide works both ways.

Note to Boomer readers: I’m using your terms the way you used them when you wore flared hip-huggers.

14 thoughts on “Boomer Guide to Gen-Z Slang

  1. Note to Boomer readers: I’m using your terms the way you used them when you wore flared hip-huggers.

    You mean bell bottoms? 🙂

    • Yes, but as you will see in my next post, I’m in a metrical mindset today, and “flairs” was more appealing to my ear.

    • I understand it to mean good or encouraging news, and thus as opposite to the “black pill.” In the old slang “groovy” originally meant “in the groove” or moving in the direction favored by the type of person who used the word groovy. So, around 1972, the news that birth-control vending machines had been installed in high school lavatories would have been “groovy” to a sexual revolutionary.

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  3. I may not be fully grasping the boomer slang here, but I do not this really captures what is being said. First of all, to be red pilled implies a rejection of all or some of the dominant modern narratives: female ’empowerment’, feminism, and multicultural diversity. It also implies a lack of faith in the liberal project of universalism

    Black-pilling is associated with conservatisms glum, defeatist attitude. See Peter Hitchens as an example. The opposite is Trump making gains where Republicans have failed to do so for decades. A significant drop in illegal immigration is a white pill. Talk of defunding NPR (which from I understand is a liberal mouthpiece) is a white pill.

    • My impression is that “red pill” primarily means a form of enlightenment, or “raised” consciousness. It is almost exactly like Marxist ‘radicalization,” except that the ideology that it “sees through” is the “blue pill” ideology of liberalism progressivism, and not bourgeois capitalism. Rejection normally follows upon seeing these things as a sham, but it’s seeing them as a sham that is the essence of “red pill.”

      We both understand “white pill” in the same way. Listening to Gen-Z, I’d say that “black pill” does not describe a general defeatist attitude, but rather an discouraging experience that seems to suggest the “blue pill” ideology will never be defeated. It seems to imply a temporary dejection. Maybe we should call habitual defeatism “Black IV drip.”

      • Black iv drip makes sense to me, and I agree with your red-pill assessment.

        One of the interesting aspects of Trump has been his ability to get right leaning people off the iv while making liberals bedridden.

  4. I always thought the white pill was the White Christ. Medieval style. It was the hardest one to swallow which is why the consumers of it are so rare. Especially in Boomers.

    • As used among Gen-Z’ers on the Alt-Right, it means cause for hope that all is not lost. The definition you propose might be seen as an enlargement of that view.


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