This came to mind when I was listening to "America" from "West Side Story," in which one of the characters sings, "Smoke on your pipe and put THAT in!"
Since we never hear the expression that is being mangled there ("Put that in your pipe and smoke it!"), do audiences today understand the reference?
Here's another one I haven't heard in years: "Let's run that one up the flagpole and see who salutes!"
A coworker was talking to my very young (17) student worker. Coworker said something about "Joe Schmoe." My student said, "Oh, I don't know him--does he work in the library?"
"I'm having a conniption fit!"
I referred to my mother as having been "vaccinated with a phonograph needle". My nephew had no idea what a phonograph was or why it required a needle.
God wiling and the creek don't rise.
Though that may be (and always have been) a regional thing.
Please, thank you, excuse me.
"She took a fit."
"Dressed like a Band Box."
"The old lady took a spell."
WW for R6
I heard someone say, "well give you a rotten cookie." It turns out to be some weirdo regionalism.
"Dipshit" was really common when I was growing up.
"So long." I enjoyed our little visit.
R1 is hysterical! Who uses a "library" anymore!
"Likewise, I'm sure."
You're getting on my last good nerve.
See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya.
Who peed in your Cheerios?
Whoooa, he capped on you.
How do you do?
Let's blow this popcorn stand
No way, Jose
Let's make like hockey players and get the puck out of here.
Let's make like lettuce and leaf
Cool it, rebo
Cool your jets
"Are you tripping?" has become, "Am I tripping?" and "(blank) be trippin."
Are you for real?
I can't hack this
Later for you
Southern female in my mid 40's here. I'm old enough to remember being told as a 6 yr old by my grandmother to "put on your petticoat", i.e.slip.
She also called her purse a 'pocketbook.'
Growing up we called the record player, the 'victrola.' (And I realize the irony of even referring to a turntable as a 'record player'.)
The other day we had a lot of former employees stop by our office out of the blue and I said, "Wow, it's Old Home Week around here." And people just gave me a blank stare.
Reading over this, i realize I come across as a 90 yr old.
There's also a lot of movie expressions that filters through for awhile. Usually coming-of-age movies. I'm thinking of Breakfast Club as one, along with Top Gun. All the teens were infected with whatever sounded cool from movies.
For example: hot beef injection
I referred to my mother as having been "vaccinated with a phonograph needle".
What the fuck does that even mean??
It'll put hair on your chest.
Whew, I'm tuckered out.
Gone the way of the Dodo Bird.
Mabel's still mooning (infatuated) over that soda jerk who made eyes at her to-day.
He looks sharp in his new duds/threads.
Let's get down to brass tacks.
Let's make hay while the sun's a-shining.
[quote] "vaccinated with a phonograph needle". What the fuck does that even mean??
It means she talks a lot.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
How was I supposed to know we don't use that expression any more?
"He (or she) will get his (or her) how do you do."
I never knew what that meant but people used to say it all time.
Where's the beef?
In a positive way: "New York"
23-skiddoo, small change.
Boop-boop-a-doop and hotcha, baby!
Oh you kid!
That sheik was giving her the voh-doh-de-oh-doh!
Since before the flood
Ones my grandma used to use:
That's a horse of a different color.
She's no better than she needs to be.
That went over like a pickle in a punch bowl.
If ifs and buts were candies and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas.
If wishes were horses then beggars would ride.
Jiminy Christmas! (said instead of 'Jesus Christ!')
Judas Priest! (ditto)
Lady Bird Johnson used to like to say, "If I wanted to hear from a pussy I would have queefed!" to world leaders who annoyed her, like Moshe Dayan and Charles de Gaulle. You just don't hear that much anymore.
[quote]And I realize the irony of even referring to a turntable as a 'record player'.
Why ironic? Seems pretty straightforward to me.
It's snowing in China.
"Look at them broads standin' over there."
"Grandpa, it's not groovy to call them 'broads'."
"How would I go about findin' some colored men to work at my brother's wedding y'all?"
Ooo, ooh, oobley-oo, I and Velma ain't dumb!
Pickle in a punch bowl....I want to bring that one back! Hysterical!
Now we're cookin' with gas!
Right as rain!
Cheese and rice!
- Only I still use those. I work nights at a nursing home..
The one on 53rd and 3rd
"When hell freezes over."
"Turn the rabbit ears for a better picture."
I'll be jiggered!
Don't that beat all?
law honey chile!
How do ya like them apples?
She's a scarlet woman.
I've got a train to catch.
Speaking of trains, check out that caboose.
It's snowing down south
She has a ladder in her hose!
Spam gravy ain't wavy
Pray, OP, who are "we"?
Basehead for crackhead
Slammin' for cool
Chilies today, hot tamale
Rings on her fingers, bells on her toes
Lem lem lem
Calling Chinese takeout "chinks."
I never did this but heard other people saying this when I was a little kid. "We're having chinks tonight."
"S/he was treated like a skunk at a lawn party"
"S/he stuck out like a turd in a punch bowl"
The vast majority of these I still hear.
No shit, Sherlock.
Now you're cooking with gas!
We're loaded for bear
That Johnny Detweiler would dip my pigtails into his inkwell.
See ya later alligator...in a while crocidile.
Will you be requiring touch tone service?
Can you lend me a dime, I need to make a call.
"I don't know, let's look it up in the library"
"I'll write your number on the back of my hand"
"Turn the record over I want to hear the B side"
"I can't wait for the new Tom Cruise movie to come out!"
don't be dull
[quote]don't be dull
Have you read the posts on DL lately?
Ill add my ignorance. Wasn't until I saw a documentary on Jonestown a few years ago that "drink the Kool-aid" actually made sense.
And it was actually Flavor-Aid, not Kool-Aid at Jonestown.
"I don't recollect" for "I don't remember."
"Let me cogitate on it" for "Let me think on it."
"Commence" for "start" as in "starting an action."
"I'm in the short rows" for "I'm almost finished."
Well...Fan my brow!!!
"I know a doctor who's discreet, and it's after-hours."
"There's a n-----r in the woodpile," which meant something wasn't right.
"you make my butt want a dip of snuff"
____ ____ ___ _____ (yada) Grover Cleveland.
All-ee all-ee (ye?) outs in free!
Fat Fat the water rat
olly olly oxen free
"your eyes look like two burnt holes in a bed pan"
Free, white, and twenty-one.
I'm a Republican!
It's totally tubular, dude.
I think I'll start a thread on Datalounge.
"Dial PLaza 5-1717."
As cute as a bugs ear!
As snug as two bugs in a bug.
Johnny on the pump handle.
Many hands make lit work.
Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bit!
It's raining pitch forks and hammer handles! (When it's a hard rain)
The devil is beating his wife. (When it is sunny and raining)
It's colder than a witches tit!
It's cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey! And a Lady would say, "It's time to bring the brass monkey in from the park!".
I'll go out and crank the car.(Start)
I can carry you to...church..the store.(Drive you)
slap my face and call me a commie
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me... and you won't get fooled again.
Alec Baldwin is just misunderstood.
He's full of baloney.
BMT, IRT, IND.
"that's the best thing since sliced bread"
" well, shut my mouth"
" a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush"
Something is rotten in Denmark.
Three sheets to the wind.
A hint of mint
“Like Grant took Richmond”
“More than Carter has pills”
"Your mother wears Army boots"
“Little pitchers have big ears”
My mom would always tell my younger siblings, "Don't forget your rubbers!" (rainboots)
"Can you spare a fag?" (my British friend from high school was always using this expression when asking other smoker studenst for a cigarette. My joking response, "We are in the only gay high school in NYC! You have a large group to choose from!"
Then he told me what 'fag' meant in UK slang. We might share the same language, but the same words sure do have different meanings!
"She has more Chins than a Chinese phone book."
"More rolls than a bakery."
That is So Fetch.
Lehigh Valley International is the second name change. Everyone still calls it by the 1929 name, Allentown Airport.
[Beware of that one.] He's a real snake in the grass.
I have to take so many pills I rattle when I walk.
Make Like a tree and leave.
Take a long walk off of a short bridge.
I did find 'please and thank you' to be
a good answer so thanks to whoever
A lot of expressions are still in use but TV and movie script writers don't use them anymore so it creates the impression they're not in use.
I say things like, "that's a fer piece down the road," all the time. About half of my expressions I picked up from relatives and the other half from The Beverly Hillbillies, but I don't care because I like speaking colloquially.