It all started when I said to a young person, “Aw shucks.” It was meant to be a joke. But she had no idea what that meant. I realized she had probably never heard the comment. Oh dear! I had used language that is no longer spoken. I’m a dinosaur!
Obsolete Words – #648
Someone sent me an email with obsolete words. They are the words or phrase that were common in our youth, that are never heard today.
Some would be considered politically incorrect – Like the Honeymooners’ threat to “send his wife to the moon.” When there was a guilty person to be found, you might hear – “The milkman did it.” Today’s kids would have no idea who that was.
How about – “Hey! It’s your nickel: . . . “Don’t forget to pull the chain” . . . “Knee high to a grasshopper.”
A junk car was known as a jalopy. When is the last time you heard – jalopy?
To someone repeating themselves, you might say – “You sound like a broken record.” Sure has no relevance today.
Believe it or not, a darn good cuss word was – “Fiddlesticks!” A really cool exit greeting – “I’ll see you in the funny papers.” A caution – “Don’t take any wooden nickels.”
And now, those words are obsolete. The words we grew up with have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues. our pens or our keyboards.
There was a time when we owned those words, and were so cool to know them. And now, they are heard no more, except in our collective memory. And I’d say that’s – okey dokey. See ya later, alligator.
So what forgotten phrases did this story conjure up for you? Write them down in COMMENTS, below, and share them with us all.