My 90 year old Grandmother calls movies 'pictures'.
Words and Phrases that older people say
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What a stitch
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Referring to men with "Miss." Miss Rob. Miss Jeff, etc.
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Calling a TV show, especially soap operas, their "stories".
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"Honest to Pete."
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Worst thread evah!
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My Mom always adds an S to things. For example she will say: "Mick Jaggers" or "Costcos" - a bunch of others I can't remember right now.
Then I realized a lot of older people do this. Or maybe it's just my family??
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[quote]Referring to men with "Miss." Miss Rob. Miss Jeff, etc.
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[quote]My 90 year old Grandmother calls movies 'pictures'.
Granny's in good company. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doles out the Oscars every year.
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Yeh, as opposed to "people of color".
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Do these slacks make me look fat?
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One of my friends refers to straight men with female pronouns, I love it.
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Thank you for your contribution anyway, R17.
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"Note to self"
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shiver me timbers
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"Nervous as a fart on the skillet!"
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"Land o' Goshen!"
"Over the hill comes Piss Pot Pete!"
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calling women "broads." This may be a TV thing though, since that's the only place I've ever heard it.
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Hot to trot
Cruisin for a bruisin
No way José
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When my mother and her siblings walked to town from my grandparents house they would say they were "going upstreet."
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My father called my stereo "that jukebox."
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You can ride on the rumble seat!
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[quote]This may be a TV thing though, since that's the only place I've ever heard it.
You never saw a Humphrey Bogart movie? Never saw GUYS AND DOLLS? Even SOUTH PACIFIC uses the word 'broad' in the lyric to "Honey Bun." As slang, it predates TV by many years.
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My Word! You people are mean!
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My Mom pronounces Nazi like snazzy.
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I've seen Casablanca r32, but don't remember if it had "broads" in it. But really, no I haven't seen many movies that old. Most of the times I remember hearing it is in TV shows from the 60s & 70s. Just recently I saw a detective series called Kojak where they used a lot of jargon like that.
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Old Long Islanders pronounce "Cuba" as "cuber."
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Who pissed in your corn flakes?
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Oh, my stars and garters!
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"Get help, toots."
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Only 48 here and I use the term "colored". When called on it and asked if I'm still in the 50's, My response is -- tell me again what NAACP stands for?
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Wow, I had forgotten that word. We used to call the couch that when I was a kid.
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r40, society has moved on. We now use the more polite term "negro" as in United Negro College Fund.
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My father (b. 1929) would refer to beat-up cars as "flivvers"; he's also been known to use the expression "Here's your hat, what's your hurry?"
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A lot of these words and phrases have fallen out of the modern lexicon altogether, sadly (except for the gay slurs)
Calling the refrigerator the icebox. Calling the television the idiot box.
Calling rain shoes (like LL Bean shoes) rubbers. When was the last time you heard the word galoshes?
"Come a cropper." To lose. To come up short.
Words for drunk: tight, toasted, in his cups, three sheets to the wind.
Antiquated words for gays: pantywaist, light in the loafers. helium heels, fruit, fruitloop,
dating words: courting, betrothed, paramour, one's "intended."
And since vinyl became passe: record player, victrola, stereo
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[quote] We used to call the couch...
Couch. Ouch. Poor things.
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"I can't go, I'm just too fagged out" ( tired, spent).
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My grandmother (RIP) used to say the word "stoned" to mean "Drunk"
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"Fascinating Rhythm, the neighbors want to know, why you're always shaking just like a flivver."
(A flivver was a word for a jalopy (another word gone!), which would shake and rattle and make noise).
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"Dope" for marijuana and other drugs.
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Dress your feet = Put your shoes on
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Dating: 'going steady.'
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"We're going out, and after dinner we're going to hit the disco and shake our booties all night long."
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[quote] Dating: 'going steady.'
"Going steady" may be antiquated, but it marked a distinction from or perhaps a specialized phase of "dating", meaning a "not seeing other people phase" somewhere between playing-the-field-dating and engagement.
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Using "floor" instead of "ground". Floors are inside the house. Outside the house is the ground. Weird. If someone falls to the floor, they have to be inside a building. If they fall to the ground, they are always outside.
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R54, we refer to the ocean floor, the desert floor and the forest floor at times.
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[quote]You can ride on the rumble seat!
You ride IN the rumble seat. It flips up and you climb into it.
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My mother calls her CD player the "phonograph." My aunt calls it the "Victrola."
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who let the dogs out woof woof
any reference to show tunes and broadway
any kind of grammatical correction
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I'm pleased as punch that you payed me a visit.
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To refer to an adulterous affair, my mother uses the term 'running with'. For instance X is running with Y, even though Y is married to Z.
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"Stepping out on" to mean cheating on a partner.
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My mom and her boyfriend watch their 'programs' on tv.
My dad says 'natch'.
I know a 30 year old scumbag who refers to herself as a 'broad'. She filled my apartment with maggots and made up a horrible story about her dad being in a coma to get out of paying rent.
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R29 Were they from Pittsburgh?
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"gal" instead of "woman" or "girl"
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I say "pictures" still. It was passed down to me. I always found it odd though that the Oscars still call it "Best Picture".
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"Highballs" for cocktails.
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I say "movies." "Pictures" means photographs to me.
I hate it when people call movies "films."
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"Best Picture" sounds more dignified than "Best Movie," and "Best Film" sounds like the highest-quality film stock.
At least they don't call it "Best Photoplay."
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R67 Isn't a highball a specific kind of cocktail, with whiskey, ginger ale, and ice?
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Do you have Sanka?
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[quote]"Dope" for marijuana and other drugs.
Or "dope fiend" for addict.
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"Blondine" for bleaching one's hair
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[quote]Isn't a highball a specific kind of cocktail, with whiskey, ginger ale, and ice?
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I thought a highball was the type of glass certain drinks are served in.
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Yes, R74. A highball is a generic term for a cocktail but it is also the name given to a whiskey and ginger ale (or whiskey and soda) served in a glass that is bigger than a rocks glass but smaller than a pint glass.
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A whiskey and ginger ale (or whiskey and soda) served in a glass that is bigger than a rocks glass but smaller than a pint glass is called a whiskey and ginger ale or whiskey and soda.
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Yes, R77. Traditionally it is also called a highball. I am not making this up.
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The Other Side (blacks dating whites)
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Who ever said "the other side?" Where did you hear that? Sounds made up.
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Saying "why" at the beginning of a sentence that is not a question. Example: Why, I've never heard that before. Also, using why as an exclamation.
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Saying "go fry ice." to mean go to hell.
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All growing up in the 1960s, my parents called the refrigerator the "ice box." My more modern grandmother called it the Frigidaire. (It was GE).
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r81, the phrase was used by a black co-worker in 1980. When I didn't understand, he explained what it meant. He was 50 and grew up in Harlem.
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My grandmother referred to her driver license as her driver licenses. And of course she she shopped at WalMarts and KMarts.
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"Now you're cooking with gas" (=you got it)
permanent (hair curling)
"she's got Moxie" (=feisty)
"a real Sarah Bernhardt" (=drama queen)
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I was married to a school teacher. She taught in a mostly black school. Going home to the farm with my new bride, granny tells everyone, Jane Ann, pretty little 5 foot girl, teaches school to darkies.
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Dressed like a band box.
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R44 -- people don't call those overshoes "rubbers" anymore? Galoshes may well not be around anymore, but I'd think rubbers are?
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[quote]And since vinyl became passe: record player, victrola, stereo
Before "vinyl" became passe, it wasn't called "vinyl."
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Refer to a gay man as "AC/DC."
Refer to the stereo cabinet as "the HiFi." My grandmother would refer to it as the "Victrola."
Space Cadet as a "flibbertigibbet."
"Jimmy's out of his box!"
"It's snowing down south."
"Have your supper."
Refer to the telephone as the "Ameche."
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Gosh, i remember a friend of my great-grandmother's saying, "Let me just run in here and bathe my hands first."
Of course, she meant she was going to wash her hands.
She would say that each time I would visit her, right before making me a spectacularly delicious turkey sandwich.
I miss her.
Her name was Cornelia and we called her "Nee-Nee."
She was lovely and graceful in ways that people just aren't anymore. Meh, I guess that right there is something that an old person would say.
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My favorite old lady sayings:
Why, I'm between the devil and the deep blue sea!
"Just look at the bosom on her!"
She's nothing but a cheap floozie!"
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Go pound salt!
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Does anyone get their tit caught in a wringer anymore?
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Davenport instead of sofa
Pop instead of soda (but I know that is more Midwest)
Good night nurse!
For Pete's sakes!
For crying out loud!
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R7 I must be really old, because I think adding an "S" that way -- usually creating a possessive -- is something young people do.
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At last...thanks, R56
R60 = black...
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My parents always referred to anyone who did drugs, from just smoking a joint to mainlining heroin, as a dope fiend.
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[quote]Calling rain shoes (like LL Bean shoes) rubbers. When was the last time you heard the word galoshes
Think your wrong on that, at least in NY. Never heard the term "rain shoes" before.
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My father used to call idiots a 'dumb bell!'
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My mother calls women with big boobs "top heavy".
I remember being a kid watching General Hospital with her and she referred to Lesley Webber as top heavy, and I had to ask what it meant.
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[quote]Never heard the term "rain shoes" before.
I've heard those LLBean boots, the kind you wear without shoes, referred to as "rain shoes."
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There is only one company that makes rubbers that are any good....TOTES!
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R102 = fuckwit...
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R107 I call those "duck shoes."
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"A gone coon". Applied to anyone in big trouble.
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Broad was not always negative. In fact calling someone like Barbara Stanwyck "a great broad" would have been a great compliment.
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[quote] She filled my apartment with maggots
That's a neat trick.
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[quote] funeral parlor
I still say that. It just sounds more euphemistic than funeral home or mortuary.
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When meeting someone new, "How do you do?"
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"She popped her clogs!"
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Calling a song a Number..as in "I love it when Judy Garland sings that number"
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[quote]When meeting someone new, "How do you do?"
Guilty. And it's the only correct thing to say.
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"There's a lid for every pot."
Gee, my grandparents understood the concept of "tops" and "bottoms" way before I did.
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"Six of one and half dozen of the other."
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Pollock. Not the painter, but the nationality. Just saying that word out loud makes me nostalgic for my racist uncles.
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"She took a spell."
"What are they callin'for?"
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r44, did galoshes close with metal snaps?
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My grandmother was fond of talking about "sexcapades" with her first fiancé and spewing racial epitaphs around like water, but this was after the Alzheimer's had kicked in.
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Little old Scandinavian-American ladies in Minnesota and the Dakotas talk about "getting my hairs done."
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My father's mother was said to refer to the item where one rests a cigarette as an "ash receiver".
What's ancient about saying "For Pete's Sake!" As for "Great Scott!", I prefer Captain Haddock's "Great Caesar's Ghost!"
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icebox for refrigerator. Pocketbook for handbag.
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"Handbag" is European, while "pocketbook" is American, although I suppose "purse" is perhaps more common these days.
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"Pocketbook" is an NY/NJ word. "Purse" is what they call it in (at least) PA. I don't know if it's age-related or not.
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"Pocketbook" is Southern too. When I was growing up (40-something here), it was also slang for "pussy."
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[quote]did galoshes close with metal snaps?
Yes, some did and some were just pull on rubber boots.
And they used to make "rain slickers" that also closed with those metal tabs or snaps.
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Is there anyone still alive who calls laundry soap soap powder or soap powders? I remember that from the 60s.
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Calling people in a sex act "a top" or "a bottom."
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r68 The UK says films, US says movies. However, movies is used more and more now.
Some people were annoyed that on amazon.co.uk it's "films & tv" compared to "movies & tv". Since I've long went on both sites I've been caught out a lot, though there are a lot of American sellers on amazon marketplace now that work out cheaper than shipping from the US site.
Americanisms are usually quickly taken up in the UK, but no doubt the internet is what's spreading language faster now both ways.
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R134 Does anyone [italic]use[/italic] soap powder anymore? I've always bought the liquid.
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Pollock is a fish, R123. The word you had in mind was Polack.
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You purse your lips, and carry a handbag, darlings.
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I was wondering what "purses fell out of his mouth" meant. Well obviously I got the gist, but there seems a language difference between that and handbag as said.
I would love to know all about the "Polari", the old gay language.
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The origins of Polari are a bit obscure, R140. It's a contraction of Pola Negri. I wondered why for years, until I discovered that she starred in "A Woman of the World." She was also famous for threatening to throw herself into Valentino's grave. (Rudolph, not the designer.) Such a drama queen deserves a fitting tribute.
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My 75 y/o mother uses the term "dungarees" rather than jeans.
I've found myself slipping into "jumbo jet" to mean a larger aircraft, as opposed to one of those smaller regional jets.
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r134 reminded me of Dr. Lyons Tooth Powder.
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"calling women "broads." This may be a TV thing though, since that's the only place I've ever heard it."
"Broad" is a contemptuous epithet for a woman. The Rat Pack used it, Sinatra in particular. I remember reading in some book about him that while giving a menial orders he commanded "give that broad whatever she wants." The broad in question was his wife Barbara.
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"Pass me the converter." (converter = TV/cable remote)
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[quote]you payed me a visit
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Old people in New Orleans still refer to the "banquette" (pronounced "bank-ET") to mean "sidewalk" and "batture" ("batcher") to mean the land between the river and the levee.
They also say "makin' groceries" (going to the supermarket), but that's been adopted somewhat ironically and affectionately by a younger generation now.
"Make" gets (mis)used a lot. Older people still "make" their birthdays ("I'll make 80 this July!"), and old people who grew up around Cajuns still say "make dodo" for "go to sleep."
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What do you call the grassy island in the middle of the street, R147?
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Growing up in S. Florida in the early 60s, I picked up from other kids "get your cotton picking hands" off that.
Never even knew it was a racial epithet and have never known.
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We were just having this conversation at work today. A co-worker referred to always having done something "since God was a little boy."
None of us had heard that expression before and he of course said that his grandmother always used it.
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I heard "since Christ was a carpenter. "
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Gahd, whatta load of hooey!
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Someone was showing me how to calibrate cardiac monitors with a blood pressure cuff (years ago) and I said that it seemed primitive. She said, "We've been doing it this way since the flood," and I asked, "What flood? When was there a flood in the building?"
I had never heard that expression before.
PS - the building really did flood during a nor'easter in 1992 and again on national tv during hurricane Sandy. Perhaps she was prescient.
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I second R120
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[quote] Make" gets (mis)used a lot. Older people still "make" their birthdays ("I'll make 80 this July!"), and old people who grew up around Cajuns still say "make dodo" for "go to sleep."
My partner's family says "make" for going to the bathroom. "Do you have to make?" (usually to a child). "Take the dog out, he needs to make!"
They also "make a party" instead of having a party or throwing a party ("Let's make him a party! Come on, we're making a party!") and they "take" a haircut. When the city was going to cut a tree down they kept saying, "When are they going to throw down that tree? They should've thrown that tree down by now. Yeah, I'm gonna call them and remind them they have to throw that down."
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Load of old codswallop (rubbish)
Bob's your uncle! (there you go!)
Get your skates on! (make haste!)
Feet like puddings... (cankles)
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My 80 year old father says "Holy Mackerel" a lot.
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"I hope you're not sore with me for saying that."
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"That's a bunch of malarkey!"
I think it should make a comeback.
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My mom would often say I seemed to be at sixes and sevens when I was restless.
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Penny for your thoughts.
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The living end...
He/ she is SWELL
FOR CRYIN OUT LOUD
Listen here, SISTER...
Portagee (instead of Portuguese)
Eyetalian (instead of Italian)
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My Grandma does pronounces Hawaii as Ha=waw=ya
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Jeepers, R165; I didn't realize that "golly" had gone out of style.
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Older people use a term that has disappeared from the American vocabulary....Honor.
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Good one r166. I've heard Toyota pronounced as Ty-ota more than once over the years.
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The clicker means TV remote.
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When I was in elementary school the library had a book of plays students could put on for their class. It was really outdated, from the early 1960s. In one play, somebody suggests that a girl do sonething she doesnt wsnt to do and she says, "Well, I like that!"
I couldnt figure it out. She said she liked it, but then it seemed like she didn't. I'd never heard anyone say, 'Well, I like that!" when they didn't like it. I later heard an old person say it.
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In my house, "Where's the thing?" means tv remote.
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My ex-partner's mother often says "That rots my slats" or "That freezes my slats" when she's annoyed, which we changed to "That rots my frozen slats"
His father used to use the word "Israelites" for Jewish people until we got him to stop. It took a while.
Also "Horseshit!" (spoken with a strong Maine accent, as in "haw-shit")
The toilet was called "the stool" as in, "After you use the stool, make sure you jiggle the handle."
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Smack my Bitch Up
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I love female equivalents:
Except for actress, all seem to have fallen out of use. Even actress is fading, at the SAG awards there's always that opening sequence with Jodie Foster or Susan Sarandon or other annoying actresses declaring themselves to be "actors". Poetess sounds romantic. I think of Grecian robes and wind-swept cliffs.
|by Anonymous||reply 177||05/19/2013|
r120, "how do you do" makes no sense. How do you do WHAT? "Hello" or "Hi" is much better.
r159, yours makes no sense either.
|by Anonymous||reply 178||05/19/2013|
R178, "How do you do" makes perfect sense. It means "how are you?" It's a rhetorical question that does not demand or expect a sincere answer.
Older people often said Ronald REE-gan and Barbra STREE-sand.
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That's said with a sarcastic tone (no doubt)
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Divan for couch
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My 86 y/o great aunt refers to me and my cousin as "confirmed bachelors". Horrifically, she once called her black neighbor's grand children "pick-a-ninnies"
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Godfrey Daniels! (WC Fields)
|by Anonymous||reply 184||05/19/2013|
[quote]"How do you do" makes perfect sense. It means "how are you?"
No it doesn't make sense. The last "do" is either incomplete or meaningless. If as you say, it means "how are you" then just say that instead.
|by Anonymous||reply 185||05/19/2013|
Because then you couldn't use the idiom, "Howdy do!"
|by Anonymous||reply 186||05/19/2013|
Oprah says pocketbook instead of bag or purse
(purse also sounds old-fashioned)
|by Anonymous||reply 187||05/19/2013|
r186, that term is awful. Could you imagine yourself having sex with someone who used it?
|by Anonymous||reply 188||05/19/2013|
R174, that has nothing to do with this topic.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||05/19/2013|
[quote]In my house, "Where's the thing?" means tv remote.
I call it the "button box".
|by Anonymous||reply 190||05/19/2013|
I say trousers instead of pants. My 64 year old friend says 'slacks' which seems ridiculously old-fashioned. It sounds like polyester pants from the Sears catalogue in the 70's.
I do say "how do you do" sometimes. It depends on who I am meeting. If it is an older woman in a position of authority at work I will use it upon meeting. If it's someone my age (43) I'll say something less formal like "nice to meet you" or whatnot.
I say whatnot often, that's old fashioned too.
|by Anonymous||reply 191||05/19/2013|
"What's an email client?"
|by Anonymous||reply 192||05/19/2013|
My Nan (British), says she's just going to "spend a penny" when she's off to the loo. We have no idea why, but I'm guessing they had to pay to use public toilets back then.
|by Anonymous||reply 193||05/19/2013|
[quote]Godfrey Daniels! (WC Fields)
WC Fields also used to say "Shades of Bacchus!" in place of another phrase whose initials are S.O.B.
|by Anonymous||reply 194||05/19/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 195||05/19/2013|
My Irish grandmother used to go crazy when we kids said, "Quit it!" She'd yell, "It's not 'quit it,' it's 'sterp it!'"
|by Anonymous||reply 196||05/19/2013|
Old people say "slender" instead of thin.
|by Anonymous||reply 197||05/19/2013|
[quote]Older people often said Ronald REE-gan
Ronald Reagan was among the people who pronounced it "REE-gan" until one of his wives decided that "it sounds like an Irish cop," and insisted that he change the pronunciation. (Only two wives, but either was bitchy enough to insist, and I'm lazy enough not to look it up. I've given you the keys; you can open the door yourself if you're so inclined.)
|by Anonymous||reply 198||05/20/2013|
[quote]spend a penny
That one needs to come back in vogue.
|by Anonymous||reply 199||05/20/2013|
[quote]Is there anyone still alive who calls laundry soap soap powder or soap powders? I remember that from the 60s.
When I was growing up, one of our neighbors called it "warshin' powders."
|by Anonymous||reply 200||05/30/2013|
a lot of my relatives say warsh instead of wash
|by Anonymous||reply 201||12/10/2014|
Old Lady) I want some Nigga toes.
White Liberal) No Granny, that's wrong, call them Brazil nuts.
Old Lady) What? I want some Nigga toes
White Liberal) That's racist call them Brazil nuts
Old Lady) Give an old lady a break
White Liberal) Ask correctly
Old Lady) All right, give me some of those, oh what did you call them. Oh yeah Brazil Niggas.
|by Anonymous||reply 202||12/10/2014|
My grandmother referred to her vagina as her "flower."
|by Anonymous||reply 203||12/10/2014|
"I'm no spring chicken."
|by Anonymous||reply 204||12/10/2014|