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Some chuckles from the past

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A friend shared this with me and I really got a kick out of it. I know some of you will not understand this message, but I bet you know someone who might.


I came across this phrase yesterday ... 'FENDER SKIRTS'. Now there's a term I haven't heard in a long time. Thinking about 'fender skirts' started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language with hardly a notice like 'curb feelers.' And 'steering knobs.' 'suicide knob,' 'neckers knobs.'

You kids will probably have to find some older person over 60 to explain some of these terms to you.

Remember 'Continental kits?' They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that were supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental.

When did we quit calling them 'emergency brakes'? At some point 'parking brake' became the proper term, but I miss the hint of drama that went with 'emergency brake.'

I'm sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would call the accelerator the 'foot feed'.

Many today do not even know what a clutch is, or that the dimmer switch used to be on the floor. For that matter, the starter was down there too.

Did you ever wait at the street for your daddy to come home, so you could ride the 'running board' up to the house?

Here's a phrase I heard all the time in my youth, but never anymore - 'store-bought.' Of course, just about everything is store-bought these days. But once it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a store-bought bag of candy.

'Coast to coast' is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement and now means almost nothing. Now we take the term 'worldwide' for granted.

On a smaller scale, 'wall-to-wall' was once a magical term in our homes. In the '50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with wall-to-wall carpeting!

Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors. Go figure!

When was the last time you heard the quaint phrase 'in a family way'? It's hard to imagine that the word 'pregnant' was once considered a little too graphic, and a little too clinical for use in polite company. So we had all that talk about stork visits and 'being in a family way' or simply 'expecting.'

Apparently 'brassiere' is a word no longer in use. I said it the other day and my daughter cracked up. I guess it's just 'bra' now. 'Unmentionables' probably wouldn't be understood at all.

I always loved going to the 'picture show', but I considered 'movie' an affectation.

Most of these words go back to the '50s, but here's a pure '60s' word I came across the other day ... 'rat fink.' Oh, what a nasty put-down!

Here's a word I miss ... 'percolator'. That was just a fun word to say. And what was it replaced with? 'Coffee maker'. How dull ... Mr. Coffee, I blame you for this.

I miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so modern and now sound so retro. Words like 'Dyna Flow' and 'Electrolux' and 'Frigidaire'. Introducing the 1963 Admiral T V, now with 'SpectraVision!'

Here's some food for thought!

Was there a telethon that wiped out lumbago? Nobody complains of that anymore. Maybe that's what Cod Liver oil cured, because I never hear mothers threatening kids with Cod liver Oil anymore.

Some words aren't gone, but are definitely on the endangered list.

The one that grieves me most is 'supper'. Now everybody says 'dinner'.
Save a great word. Invite someone to supper. Discuss fender skirts.

I thought some of us of a 'certain age' would remember most of these.

Hope it brought a laugh or two to your day!
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    my grandma always called it a "davenport" . . . I had no idea what she was talking about, but then an aunt told me. I will never forget it, but I only remember my grandmother and aunts using that word.

    thanks for posting this. emoticon

    1889 days ago
  • -VIXEN-
    *lol* I must be old because I still call it the emergency brake. :)
    1889 days ago
  • BDH1970
    Funny! Thanks for making me laugh this morning!! My favorite word of my grandma's was "Slacks" for her pants - lol Slacks!!
    1890 days ago
    I remember them all fondly. It was cool to have a Frigidaire. Some terms just left more of an impression. Try explaining them to your kids LOL!
    1890 days ago
  • LISAN0415
    I think the one that hit home the most was the store bought one:
    Now we brag when something is homemade, Like home made baked goods or a Home made scarf!

    Great blog!
    1890 days ago
    I particularly liked the one where they were waiting for Dad to come home to catch a ride on the Running Boards. My mother who was 87 before she passed on learned to ride in one of those old cars !! ( I hope I got the term right LOL)
    1890 days ago
    my family uses supper- my husband's family use "dinner". i think it is more of a geography thing. but i remember hearing some of the words.

    My favorite was when i asked my mom what oleo was.
    1890 days ago
    Being a volunteer in a retirement home gets me around these words all the time, you are right, there is a sadness involved with knowing they are now a thing of the past, but just think what today's generation will go through when they are our age!!!!
    1890 days ago
    I remember almost all of them.
    1890 days ago
    I loved the trip down lane. I'm 56 and remember most of these things.
    1890 days ago
    Thanks for the "trip down Memory Lane," a phrase which also might fit well with your blog!
    1891 days ago
    I work with the elderly everyday and I hear all of these. If the young people want to hear a lot of them again just watch a "Beverly Hillbillies" rerun. I like to use as many of these as I can because they are very nostolgic and help to bring people out of their shells! emoticon emoticon
    1891 days ago
    How wonderful! I really loved the start of this as my dad and I restore "classic" cars! Beautiful.

    Now, off to supper!
    1891 days ago
    Oh my! I remember almost all of those, and I'm only 45! Of course, I was also one of the few that anctually enjoyed sitting with the "old folks" and listening to their stories. I used to go to the nursing home on my short school days (we had one day a week we got out an hour early for teacher planning) and visit with "adopted grandparents" I think I must have had a dozen. Thank you for reminding me of those lovely people!
    1891 days ago
  • WILSLM70
    thanks for sharing emoticon
    1891 days ago
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