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Old 02-28-2016, 10:35 AM   #1
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Say what?

Heavens to Murgatroyd! Would you believe the email spell checker did not recognize the word murgatroyd?


Lost Words from our childhood:


Words gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really! The other day a not so elderly (65) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said what the heck is a Jalopy? OMG (new) phrase! He 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 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


It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions


than Carter has liver pills.


This can be disturbing stuff !


We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeful times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of rememberingthere are words that once did not exist and there were words that oncestrutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more,except in our collective memory. It's one of the greatest advantages of aging.


See ya later, alligator!


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Glenn,

Thank you for the memories and the smile.

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Old 02-28-2016, 12:13 PM   #3
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Gee willikers, what a drag that those words are being lost.
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Yup, that stirred up so really old memories!
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See ya later, alligator!


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I have been saying this to my granddaughter for many years, she is 8 now. Response is:

Afterwhile, crocodile.
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Glen,

That's "heavy", heavy as "two ton Tony Galento"!



Hey glen, this would be a good idea for a thread like the word association game thread! See how many of these forgotten (by some) or never heard (by some) words and sayings we can come up with? I think that would be fun, don't know how long it would last, but it would be fun.

Some might even say they hadn't had so much fun "since heck was a pup"!

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Thanks for the post Glenn and Kathy. You reminded me of some more sayings I can use when my granddaughter comes over. I can see her now...hand on hip rolling eyes and saying "Come on now Pop Pop, did you really say those things when you were my age?"
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I grew up in the county of Lancashire, NW England (born in 1941). My maternal grandparents both spoke a local dialect that "loosely" resembled English. I discovered that the past tense of "squeeze" was "squozzen". They also used "thee" and "thou" for second person singular. One phrase I heard frequently was "what dost tha think th'art doin".

After 55 years in the US, I don't remember much of that dialect any more and I doubt there are many people who still speak it.
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Funny! Recently some of the second graders in our school have a "fiddlesticks" club. Not sure what that entails but they love shouting "Fiddlesticks!"
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I grew up in the county of Lancashire, NW England (born in 1941). My maternal grandparents both spoke a local dialect that "loosely" resembled English. I discovered that the past tense of "squeeze" was "squozzen". They also used "thee" and "thou" for second person singular. One phrase I heard frequently was "what dost tha think th'art doin".

After 55 years in the US, I don't remember much of that dialect any more and I doubt there are many people who still speak it.

Hello there Frank,
My Paternal grandparents were from near Suffolk and London. My granddad arrived to the USA via the Lusitania. I have always loved the Brit dialects, (not Daleks , little inside joke there, yes I'm a Whovian since Jon Pertwee). Anyway, here's one in addition to your statement, I rarely hear the word "shall" used anymore. Though it is quite a proper and I think sophisticated English word.

I'll think of some more and post again. Keep in touch!

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Wow, he was "going a mile a minute"! "Faster than a speeding bullet" "Like greased lighting" Rail!
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