I had a 30 year-old ask me what “whipper-snapper” meant. I said I thought it was a mildly insulting term used by someone older when referring to someone younger who doesn’t know much about something. The dictionary confirmed I was on the right track, defining a whipper-snapper as a young and inexperienced person presumed to be presumptuous or overconfident.
Not to be confused with a whipper-snipper which is a garden tool with a motorized spinning plastic string designed for trimming grass edges, also called a weed eater, also called a weed whacker, grass trimmer, string trimmer, or if you’re from the UK, a strimmer, or in Australia, a line strimmer. These are not to be confused with hedge trimmers, shrub trimmers or bush trimmers which are garden tools that also come in motorized versions. To thoroughly confuse things, the urban dictionary has another definition of whipper-snipper: a person who thinks in snippets, small pieces of information or brief, quotable passages. It says women have a greater propensity to hear snippets and deduce from them because they have conversational skills that men don’t have and men tend to internalize and think about things differently. OK; and by the way, I call my whipper-snipper a weed eater.