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Thanks to Deaf Bob for sending this one!

I  know some of you will not understand this message,
 but  I bet you know someone who might.
                       I  came across this phrase yesterday.

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,' 'neckers knobs.'

 Since  I'd been thinking of cars,
 my  mind naturally went  that direction first.

Any kids  will probably have to find some older person
 over  50 to explain some of these terms to  you.

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.'
 Many  today do not even know what a clutch is
  or  that the dimmer  switch used to be on  the floor.
 For  that matter, the  starter was down  there too.

Didn't  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 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 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 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 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 '50s,
 but  here's a pure  '60s word 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 'Dyna  Flow' and 'Electrolux'  and 'Frigidaire'.
   Introducing the  1963 Admiral TV, now with 'Spectra Vision!'

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 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  everybody says 'dinner.' Save  a great word.
Invite  someone to supper. Discuss fender skirts.

Someone  forwarded this to me.
 I  thought some of us of  a 'certain age'
 would  remember most of these.


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