Thoughts to ponder- Lost Words  

HardNhorneee 52M
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6/1/2005 8:20 am

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Thoughts to ponder- Lost Words

Fender Skirts
What a great blast from the past! I haven't thought about "fender skirts" in years. When I was young, I considered it such a funny term. Made me think of a car in a dress.

Thinking about "fender skirts" made me think about other words that quietly disappeared from our language with hardly a notice.

Like "curb feelers" and steering knobs." Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first. Any kids will probably have to find some elderly person over 50 to explain some of these terms.

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 that almost all the old folks are gone who would call the accelerator the "foot feed."

Are you old enough to have waited 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 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 house. In the l950'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.

When's 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, and absolutely forbidden in the movies or on TV. 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 usage. I said it the other day and my daughter cracked up. I guess its just "bra" now. "Unmentionables" probably wouldn't be understood at all.

It's hard to recall that this word was once said in a whisper "divorce." And no one is called a "divorcee" anymore. Certainly not a "gay divorcee." Come to
think about it, "confirmed bachelors" and "career girls" are long gone too.

I always loved going to the "picture show" but I considered "movie" an effectuation.

Most of these words go back to the l950's, but here's a pure l960's word I came across the other day "rat-fink." Ooh, what a put down!

Here's a word I miss "percolator." That was fun to say. And what was it replaced with? "Coffeemaker." 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 "ElectraLuxe." Introducing the l963 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 is "supper." Now everyone says "dinner." Save a great word invite someone to supper. Discuss fender skirts and curb feelers!

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