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Old 04-18-2009, 03:45 PM
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and the rest of us old farts.

FENDER SKIRTS

I came across this phrase yesterday 'FENDER SKIRTS'.

A term I haven't heard in a long time, and 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'. (AKA) suicide knob.

You kids will probably have to find some 'elderly' person over*50 to explain some of these terms to you.

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'.

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 even*take the term 'world wide' for granted.

This floors*me. (Coast to Coast was also a Hardware store)

On a smaller scale, 'wall-to-wall' was once a magical term in our homes. In the 50's, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, wow, 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, a little too clinical*for use in polite company, so we would talk about stork*visits and 'being in a family way' or simply*'expecting'.

Apparently 'brassiere' is a word no longer in usage.* 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 50's, but here's a pure 60's word that I came across the other day -'rat *fink'. Ooh, 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 'DynaFlow' and 'Electrolux'.

Introducing the 1963 Admiral *TV, now with 'SpectraVision!'

Food for thought - Was there a telethon that*wiped out lumbago?* Nobody complains of that anymore.* Maybe that's what castor oil cured, because I never hear mothers threatening their kids with castor oil anymore.

Some words aren't gone, but are definitely on the endangered list.The one that grieves me most, 'supper'. Now everybody says 'dinner'. Save a great word,*invite someone to supper*and discuss fender skirts.
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Old 04-18-2009, 05:16 PM
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Delk..I enjoyed reading that!! Funny how language changes...but I think I still use the phrase "store bought" quite a bit. i guess my Mama used it alot
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Southern girl. lol
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Old 04-19-2009, 08:48 AM
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Southern girl. lol
Through and through!
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:05 AM
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Nothing like them.
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Old 04-19-2009, 03:04 PM
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Rumble Seat
Widow Woman
Grass Widow > Divorcee
Beef Steak
Single Couple > No children
Luggage rack > Rack for luggage on rear of car
Coupe` > Single seat car
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:24 PM
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Party lines
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Unpledged electors.

Mississippi used to have them, among other states.
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