I heard it on a CBS Sunday Morning segment.
I heard it at my parents home when celebrating my father's 67th birthday. He called my boys whippersnappers for a laugh.
I heard it again, on the radio, and didn't catch why it was said, but thought perhaps it was a part of a name of a band?
What is a whippersnapper? In my mind, it is a reference to someone young who may be challenging the old. But I looked it up in my Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and it says:
n [alter. of snippersnapper] (1700):
a diminutive, insignificant or presumptuous person
Hmm. Okay. So maybe it does apply to youth in a way, albeit indirect. But it has popped up on my radar. Have you heard anyone say whippersnapper in your neck of the woods? What words are following you?