Soon, linguists will be wandering around everywhere, saying things like "colorless green ideas sleep furiously" and "more people have been to Russia than I have," and speech will become unintelligible.
As the 'exotic animals in homemade aprons hosting baking shows' YouTube craze reached its peak in March 2020, Andrew Cuomo announced he was replacing the Statue of Liberty with a bronze pangolin in a chef's hat.
This is super true. Pursuing a degree in physics was very challenging coming from a rigorous mathematics background because of how heavily physics relies on tricks, approximations and hand waving to avoid having to do hard math. A lot of it was learning ways to solve classic calculus problems that would result in an F on a calculus test.
It was very good for me to learn to think about mathematics from this perspective.
E.g., a classic Physics 1A lesson: sin x = tan x = x; cos x = 1. This can seem insane at first blush, but these formulas are really the first-order Taylor* expansion. These formulas are quite accurate for small angles.
1981 is at least 7 years too early. If you have ever done these things, you are probably not a millenial: 1) Called your friend using the number you found in the phone book, and talked to their parents to ask if they were home; 2) Used a card catalog; 3) Correctly capitalized and punctuated a sentence; 4) Acquired a marketable skill.
Those dates are the official ones. It's considered to be anyone reaching adulthood in the early parts of the century. I mean, you can certainly disagree but I'm going to want to see your sources. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennials
Possibly it's time to just give up and let "millennial" mean "kids these days" and come up with a different name for the generation that came of age at the turn of the millennium, since that is how 70% of people and 100% of angry thinkpieces about Kids these Days use it anyway.
But 'kids these days' just lacks that scientistic gleam that makes the rant seem knowing rather than dumb. I was thinking recently that nobody talks about Generation X any more. I don't see any think pieces talking about how 40-50 year olds are cynical slackers even though it was self-evidently true when they were 'kids these days'.