Disappearing Words  

lupon_69 43M
216 posts
5/29/2005 10:40 am

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Disappearing Words

I haven't thought about "fender skirts" in years. When I was a kid, I considered it such a funny term. Made me think of a car in a dress. 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." Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first.

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, 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 rights 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 take the term "worldwide" for granted..........

This floors me.

On a smaller scale, "wall-to-wall" was once a magical term in our homes. In the '50s, everyone covered their hardwood floors with, WOW, wall-to-wall
carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors. Go figure.

When is 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 talked 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 a "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 of it, "confirmed bachelors" and "career girls" are long gone, too.

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

Most of these words go back to the '50s, but here's a pure-'60s word I came across the other day - "rat fink." Ooh, what a nasty put-down!

A word I miss - "percolator." That was just a fun word 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 1963 Admiral TV, now with "SpectraVision!"

Food for thought - Did something wipe 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. Discuss fender skirts. Someone forwarded this to me, and I thought some of us of a"certain age" would remember many of these "old" words.

However, you may want to think twice before showing this (or sending this) to your kids, it might take quite awhile to explain all of these old words.

Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F

5/29/2005 2:09 pm

Thanks for posting this..loved it.
peachy keen
I can dig it

cajunpet 70M
1185 posts
5/31/2005 2:29 am

You have brought back some old memories for sure. I enjoyed this blog, and I will read your past blogs, when I get a chance to do so.

Keep On Blogging!!!! Have a great day.

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
6/5/2005 5:04 am

"Did you ever wait at the street for your Daddy to come home, so you could ride the "running board" up to the house?"

Oh hell no, we used to jump on the trailor which was hitched to the tractor! they were the days....

and let our feet dangle in the grass as he drove home...

Ohhhhhh and when we got older we used to drive dads UTE all over the back paddock holding onto the bar which ran above the cab while each of us took turns driving around all the trees and bushes!

best ever practice for driving in a carpark is trying to drive in our back paddock amongst the longgrass and hidden hazards!


1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
6/11/2005 11:15 pm

Did you give up on blogging...haven't seen a post from you in a while...

Lapkin4u 42F

6/13/2005 6:37 am

Hello? Where have you been? No blogging lately, we miss you. Hurry back!

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
6/13/2005 10:41 pm

Hey, you... Missed you.... Glad to see your humor coming back!!

Don't be a stranger!!!

Lapkin4u 42F

6/19/2005 8:06 am

Happy Father's Day! Come back to us!

rm_janeshard55 61M
10 posts
9/4/2006 6:42 pm

I dearly remember the house with the sistern at the sink, I could get water in (most of the time) in less than 7 strokes. lol

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