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Snowflake is a derogatory slang term that developed in the 2010s, implying one may have an inflated sense of uniqueness, an unwarranted sense of entitlement, or are overly-emotional, easily offended, and unable to deal with opposing opinions. Common usages include the terms special snowflake, Generation Snowflake, and snowflake as a politicized insult. Yet, as the term has existed in the vernacular, the ideas surrounding it have evolved and opened the door to an array of opinions.

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"Snowflake" is a term often hurled at any political body that seeks to take a stance in an overly emotional way.
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The term “snowflake” is a politicized insult from the right targeted at the left

Whether the snowflake generation exists or not, it is undeniable that the rise of this terminology came in time with the resurgence of conservatism in the United States and Great Britain.

The Argument

The term “snowflake” is one that is used in a derogatory manner to describe millennials and students alleged to be overly sensitive and underly interested in differing opinions.[1] Whether the snowflake generation exists or not, it is undeniable that the rise of this terminology came in time with the resurgence of conservatism in the United States and Great Britain.[2] This rise is characterized by the election of Donald Trump and the referendum in favor of Brexit. From this root, “snowflake” became a term used by politicians on the right to target liberals of the left, criticizing liberals, particularly the young, in one fell swoop. This insult falls in line with the right's interpretation of the left as a sensitive group, constantly concerned about safe spaces, trigger warnings, and political correctness.

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Generally, the term “snowflake” as an insult does not fall along political lines, but along lines of age. For example, in Britain regarding the EU referendum, “snowflake” as a term became popularized by the older generation commenting on the “hysterical” reaction of the younger one.[3] Boomers and other older generations interpret the current generation of young people as soft, but it does not always come with political connotations.

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  1. https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pol-alt-right-terminology-20161115-story.html
  2. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/11/republican-party-future-2016-donald-trump-214453
  3. https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2019/06/09/who-is-the-snowflake-generation-and-why-are-they-fun-to-hate/
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