Ok, maybe mid 30's, some people may need a bit longer to adjust...
As innocent as it is, if you have a mortgage, a job with benefits, or a birth status that does not fall under the Millennial, and now even the Centennial gap, you should STOP!
A lot of us are guilty of it, and I am no exception.
Especially those of us with young millennial's, teens, tweens, or kids of this generation period. We hang out with our children, our nieces and nephews, cousins—any child of today—so often that we start to talk like them. Words and phrases begin to silently creep into our daily conversations and before we know it, we're dunzo!
WAIT! Did I just say dun-zo? ...so 80's of me
Here's a short list of words/acronyms—because I'm sure there's more—and/or phrases that shouldn't be uttered from the mouth of babes, otherwise known as Gen X, (some of) Gen Y (depending on your age) and especially you little ole' Baby Boomers!
Cray or Cray-cray
I can't even
I was going to add that 'one' where people refer to Friday as "Fri-yay" ...but that one is over now, RIGHT?
Geez I can't keep up...
WHAT ABOUT ACRONYMS?
TBH, every time I have a conversation with my nieces below, one of them always throws out a new one at me. I never question... I never ask... I just listen.
Well, first of all, they think I'm cool—and we all know cool people can't act like they don't know! (that's why we have google)
Secondly, FOMO y'all. That's right, I said it. F-O-M-O... FEAR OF MISSING OUT!
If there's one piece of advice I can give any older generation, it's this:
Just because you shouldn't talk the language, doesn't mean you should be oblivious to it either.
In this day and time, it's fair to assume that most of us are parents, aunts, uncles—whatever you are—to 20-something year olds, and younger.
LEARN TO PLAY THEIR GAME, WITHOUT PLAYING THEIR GAME!
Millennials—quite possibly—may be the smartest generation in terms of street smarts, but to categorize them as the most intelligent, that's cray.
Now I can't stop you from using verbiage that you'd use if you were 25 but don't say I didn't warn you.
Be smart! Keep up! Watch, look and listen; because OMG, it's a lot more fun than you think.
...STAY YOUNG but act your age!