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Lost Vocabulary

Postby Tug002 » Wed May 04, 2022 7:52 am

Mergatroyd? Do you remember that word? Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word, Mergatroyd? "Heavens to Mergatroyd!"

The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy; and he looked at her quizzically and said, "What the heck is a Jalopy?" He had never heard of the word jalopy! She knew she was old ... But not that old.

Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included: Don't touch that dial; Carbon copy; You sound like a broken record; and Hung out to dry.

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We'd put on our best bib and tucker , to straighten up and fly right.

Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy Moley!

We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley ; and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when's the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and pedal pushers.

Oh, my aching back! Kilroy was here, but he isn't anymore.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, "Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!" Or, "This is a fine kettle of fish!" We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind. We blink, and they're gone.

Where have all those great phrases gone?

Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it. Hey! It's your nickel. Don't forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper

Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty. I'll see you in the funny papers. Don't take any wooden nickels. Wake up and smell the roses

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills.

This can be disturbing stuff! (Carter's Little Liver Pills are gone too!)

Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth.

See ya later, alligator! Okidoki.

You'll notice they left out "Monkey Business"!!!


WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE FABULOUS 50'S . NO ONE WILL EVER HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY AGAIN … WE WERE GIVEN ONE OF OUR MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS: LIVING IN THE PEACEFUL AND COMFORTABLE TIMES, CREATED FOR US BY THE "GREATEST GENERATION!"

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Re: Lost Vocabulary

Postby napamule » Sat May 07, 2022 12:53 am

My Dad (now passed) was in the Navy in 1944-1946 and we grew up hearing him say ALL of those 'colorful' words, plus a few I can't post here (hehe). One of them is: (he/she/it) 'Doesn't know the difference between sh_t and shineola'. Ha. I love your post.
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Re: Lost Vocabulary

Postby Hawkeye07 » Wed May 11, 2022 12:27 pm

Well Tug, That list is really The Bee's Knees. When was the last time your heard someone say "Shenanigans"?

In response to your "See ya later, alligator!" I'd say "After while crocodile!"

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Re: Lost Vocabulary

Postby Tug002 » Fri May 13, 2022 9:25 am

The last time I heard the word Shenanigans was from my father about 55 years ago. That was one of his favorites. :lol:

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Re: Lost Vocabulary

Postby Sinkrate » Sat May 14, 2022 1:37 am

Caterwauling in the subways, horseplay, acting the goat, dilly dallying, – all things that I was caned for at school in the 1960s. I didn't know what they meant then either! :?
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