What does a Karen mean?
Definition, Use Cases, Examples

a Karen Meaning

A Karen is an internet slang term used to describe an agressive, entitled, racist, middle-aged person, usually a woman.

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How is a Karen used? Use Cases & Examples

When an older person has a temper tantrum, the slang term a Karen will probably come into play. This slang expression already existed before the Covid pandemic, but it really exploded in the US to describe a person who refuses to follow health guidelines and is vocal and obnoxious about their insistence on not following the rules. Karen memes abound, and the term a Karen may also be applied to men who behave badly.

Examples of how your teen might use the slang term a Karen:

-Poor Alex. His family arrived late for the Spring Concert, and his mom asked other people to move from their seats so that her family could have a better view.
-OMG what a Karen

-We were in the double drive thru and this karen in a range rover pulled out right in front of us even though we were next

-This woman in the lobby was making loud, obnoxious remarks about not wearing her mask.
-Did anyone say Karen in a loud, obnoxious voice? LOL

-Every customer I helped today was a Karen FML

How to Identify if your child is using the a Karen slang word

You might learn your child is using this slang term by chance when a text pops up on the phone screen. But while the slang term a Karen is harmless, other teenage slang terms could indicate that your teen is talking about risky behaviors or communicating with potentially dangerous people.

Having a parental control app on your child’s phone will give you peace of mind by alerting you to your child’s exposure to risks encountered on their phone. With a parental control app installed on your child’s phone, you have the control to set alerts to help your teen avoid the pitfalls of predators, drug dealers, and other negative influences. Having the ability to vary the level of monitoring gives you the power to choose what is right for your child, and these levels can be adjusted easily at any time.

How to talk with your child about use of the a Karen slang word

Using names for stereotypes and insults is a practice that has existed for centuries. The entitled I want to talk to the manager angry, middle-aged woman inspired the slang term a Karen. The rise of a Karen in social media was exacerbated in 2020 with Covid-induced anti-vaxxers and people who refused to follow the required protocols. The Guardian even referred to 2020 as the year of the Karen because so many adults were behaving in an uncivil manner.

Here are some prompts for talking with your teen about antisocial behavior illustrated by the slang expression a Karen:

  • Do you think the Karen label is valid?
  • How would you react if one of your parents acted like a Karen?
  • Who is more famous, Central Park Karen or Costco Karen?
  • Do you think Karen-esque parents have rude children or are their children embarrassed by their parent’s behavior?
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