Most work organizations are tribal. They rely on oral traditions. Say it the "right" way at IBM and you will tend to stay on the radar for a promotion. Say the "wrong" thing and you could be sidelined.
So, for Baby Boomers who are determined to stay working, it's imperative that you are on top of what words and phrases to use. One major objective in our talking is not to come across as old. Old, whether we think it fair or not, is the kiss of death in making a living.
Here are some of what we should never say:
I'm tired (Stamina is everything.)
Cool (Youth laughs at us)
Look at what he's wearing (We are probably the ones with the inappropriate outfits such as suits in casual workplace)
We used to do it this way (No one cares. As Tina Brown and Henry Ford I advised, hold the history).
They don't make films like they used to (They make them better.)
They're not paying me enough to do that (The party line is that we're all in ths for passion.)
Language is a living, breathing entity which is always changing. Therefore, as our moms told us, we should think before we speak. Otherwise what comes out could make us seem old.