Here's everything you need to know about the phrase - including where it came from and who it applies to By George Harrison Updated. 7 Feb 2019, 8.56 By George Harrison Invalid Date, IF you keep hearing the word "snowflake" being used to describe groups of outraged Twitter users or protesters, you are not alone. But if all this talk is a little bit confusing, here's everything you need to know about the strange term - including where it came from and who it often refers to. Other than frozen rain, a " snowflake " is a term used to describe an overly sensitive person who thinks the world revolves around them. Snowflakes gasp in horror when they hear an opinion they don't like , and believe they have a right to be protected from anything unpalatable. Snowflake youngsters were horrified at un-PC jokes in the 90s sitcom Friends , which they saw for the first time when it was released on Netflix.