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|
Hillary keeps yelling "Hey you kids, get off my lawn"
|by Anonymous||reply 205||05/15/2017|
[quote]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.
My father used to rant about how Reagan changed the spelling from the original "Regan."
|by Anonymous||reply 206||05/15/2017|
And "Regan" was pronounced REEgan, like the Irish cop.
|by Anonymous||reply 207||05/15/2017|
Anything Mrs Geriatric Camp Bull types.
|by Anonymous||reply 208||05/15/2017|
Old people say things like this about their younger millennial family, OP:
"Isn't my nephew smart? Isn't he funny? Isn't he generous? Isn't he an all around good person?"
They say these ridiculous things, despite knowing full well that none of them is true, and not one person in the world thinks millennials are worth the powder to blow them to Hell.
I guarantee they say the same about you.
|by Anonymous||reply 209||05/15/2017|
Whenever I ask my now-86 year old grandma how she is doing, she says something like "Everyone I can and the good ones twice."
She's said that since I was a kid.
Whenever she talks about someone she finds funny, she'll say "Oh, she just slays me."
|by Anonymous||reply 210||05/15/2017|
My 88 year old mother used to refer to underwear as bloomers which I would call her on and she now calls them panties. She also used refer to jeans as dungarees. I have a half black cousin who a friend who at 58 is 12 years older than me referred to as "mulatto" I wasn't really offended but more amused as she is very SJW and liberal.
|by Anonymous||reply 211||05/15/2017|
My grandparents' generation loved taking laxitives. They called it "taking a physic." They took suppositories by the batch, had a bottle of Milk of Magnesia and a little can of Ex-Lax on their bathroom shelf. It was a good day if they "moved their bowels," which meant they were "regular" and not "all bound up." It must have been exhausting.
|by Anonymous||reply 212||05/15/2017|
"Spill some tea"
"You go gurl!!!"
|by Anonymous||reply 213||05/15/2017|
My granny, who raised my sister and me, believed a daily dose of laxative was the cure for just about anything. Every morning we got either a milk of magnesia tablet or a spoonful of Haley's M-O (gag) along with our breakfast.
|by Anonymous||reply 214||05/15/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 215||05/15/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 216||05/15/2017|
This party's really percolating!
|by Anonymous||reply 217||05/15/2017|
"Why the last time I saw the little bugger he was knee high to a grasshopper".... said by Southerners about a grown person one hasn't seen since his toddler years.
|by Anonymous||reply 218||05/15/2017|
^ *older* Southerners
|by Anonymous||reply 219||05/15/2017|
[quote] Refer to a gay man as "AC/DC."
That's for bi people (men and women), not gay men.
|by Anonymous||reply 220||05/15/2017|
"spill the tea"
"you go gurl"
|by Anonymous||reply 221||05/15/2017|
^ Older people use those phrases? Really?
|by Anonymous||reply 222||05/15/2017|
My wonderful aunt Marian who used to be the biggest gossip with her partner in crime my mother used that expression "AC/DC" when she was gossiping. I was always listening in and not understanding most of what they were blabbing about. I once asked what it meant and she said it meant that an electrical plug could be put in both ways lol.
|by Anonymous||reply 223||05/15/2017|
When Reagan was on "What's My Line" as a panelist, everyone was saying it both ways and he didn't care at all.
I have a very difficult name to pronounce and I am like that, I don't care how people say it as there's a huge chance they won't get it right anyway, so why make a thing out of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 224||05/15/2017|
"Johnny is out of his box" and "It's snowing down south" to indicate that your slip is showing.
|by Anonymous||reply 225||05/15/2017|
"I'm going to knock you for a loop!"
"What are we, black?"
"Go down cellar"
"I'll break your lousy, stinkin' neck!"
|by Anonymous||reply 226||05/15/2017|
" Son of a gun" was something my father used to say when something had totally blown his mind. I used to make fun of him because he said it in a very thick Spanish accent. Now I feel bad I was always making fun of his English.
|by Anonymous||reply 227||05/15/2017|
[quote]She also used refer to jeans as dungarees.
|by Anonymous||reply 228||05/15/2017|
Canarsie Brooklyn ^^^
|by Anonymous||reply 229||05/15/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 230||05/15/2017|
My 79 yo mom says dungarees - lived most of her life in NJ though originally from MA.
|by Anonymous||reply 231||05/15/2017|
I said "dungarees" until I went to college. I grew up in North Jersey.
|by Anonymous||reply 232||05/15/2017|
Sundy, Mondy, Tuesdy
|by Anonymous||reply 233||05/15/2017|
I love this thread.
Tada! When she finished something. Okidoki! Same.
I'm also fascinated by how their old interest disappear and something alot more simple takes over. TV detectives and German songfestivals on TV. It's like the brain can't handle anything intelligent anymore. I like it. Life is much easier when it's simple.
|by Anonymous||reply 234||05/15/2017|
Using someone's full name to usually to indicate disapproval or impatience.
"Richard Smith, I can't believe you said that."
"Mary Louise Carter! Don't make me have to come after you."
|by Anonymous||reply 235||05/15/2017|
Has anyone noticed older people pronouncing "restaurant" as "RIST-rint?" Both of my grandmothers pronounced it that way, and I occasionally hear it in old movies.
|by Anonymous||reply 236||05/15/2017|
Quite serious here: A friend's mother used to say "I'm all fagged out" when she was tired. I initially thought that was her subtle way of saying that I'd outstayed my welcome.
|by Anonymous||reply 237||05/15/2017|
A funny person was a "hot ticket", a "panic". a "riot". A strange person was "a piece o' work." A nice person was a "good scout", and when you ran into them, you say you hadn't seen them "in an age."
|by Anonymous||reply 238||05/15/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 239||05/15/2017|
Six of one, half dozen of another He's out of his ever lovin mind! Lord have mercy! He's a little "funny" for gay Jalopy (pos car) Supper Fixin to go to supper Scewball Can't afford a pot to piss in I still miss the way my dad referred to my as " how's that hound dog?"
|by Anonymous||reply 240||05/15/2017|
I'm R240 and I clearly can't master the formatting here
|by Anonymous||reply 241||05/15/2017|
Hit "enter" twice, R241.
|by Anonymous||reply 242||05/15/2017|
I love old people.
|by Anonymous||reply 243||05/15/2017|
I use six of one, half dozen of another.
|by Anonymous||reply 244||05/15/2017|
weak sister. My mother (born in 1931) once used this epithet in reference to Rhoda Penmark's long-suffering and utterly ineffectual mom in The Bad Seed, saying that if Rhoda had been her kid she would have "knocked her into next week!" LOL
|by Anonymous||reply 245||05/15/2017|
A classic Pennsylvania Dutch expression: "Quit your rutchin' around." Meaning squirming or wriggling. Useful during sex with a restless bottom, lol.
|by Anonymous||reply 246||05/15/2017|
When discussing the hour, 'half-past' and 'quarter-past'. 'Quarter-to' seems to be more common, but is also disappearing.
|by Anonymous||reply 247||05/15/2017|
My grandmother always said 'half-past' and 'quarter-past'. She'd be 126 if she were alive today.
|by Anonymous||reply 248||05/15/2017|
Please, thank you, you're welcome, excuse me
|by Anonymous||reply 249||05/15/2017|
I look ten yours younger
|by Anonymous||reply 250||05/15/2017|
Quit acting ugly!
I didn't mean to act ugly.
I'm sorry for acting ugly.
|by Anonymous||reply 251||05/15/2017|
[quote]Older people use those phrases? Really?
|by Anonymous||reply 252||05/15/2017|
My grandmother referred to late morning as "forenoon".
|by Anonymous||reply 253||05/15/2017|
Refer to underwear as "drawers."
|by Anonymous||reply 254||05/15/2017|
Hillary always says "Now if you ask me," oblivious to the fact no one ever has
|by Anonymous||reply 255||05/15/2017|
R99, a map of the pop vs. soda vs. coke wars. I assure you that "pop" is by no means just an old people thing in the Northwest.
|by Anonymous||reply 256||05/15/2017|
They call prom [italic]the[/italic] prom.
They still use the gender-neutral "he" or "him." For example: Anyone with a question should raise [italic]his[/italic] hand before asking.
|by Anonymous||reply 257||05/15/2017|
My grandmother used the term "bedfast" in lieu of "bedridden".
|by Anonymous||reply 258||05/15/2017|
My 88 year old mother does not say Lesbian, she says Lizbun
|by Anonymous||reply 259||05/15/2017|
Because "he" is singular, R257, and "they" is plural. We say "they" when we are talking about more than one person.
|by Anonymous||reply 260||05/15/2017|
Bosoms, tennis shoes, icebox, beer joint, beauty parlor, filling station, picture show, oleo, commode, britches
|by Anonymous||reply 261||05/15/2017|
fuss budget, conniption fit
|by Anonymous||reply 262||05/15/2017|
Well, I Swan!
|by Anonymous||reply 263||05/15/2017|
"Ice box", Using the adjective "mighty" that's a mighty big lunch bag... "Hardy" I want a hardy meal.... "Colored", "negro", "invalid" for a handicapped person.
|by Anonymous||reply 264||05/15/2017|
[Quote]Because "he" is singular, [R257], and "they" is plural. We say "they" when we are talking about more than one person.
R260 has completely missed the fucking point.
|by Anonymous||reply 265||05/15/2017|
The origin of spending a penny, for r193 (even though this is a years old thread)
Carnaptious, meaning grumpy, ill tempered and rude. As in "he's a carnaptious old bastard" which is how my grandma referred to my grandpa.
Pantsuit. Only elderly ladies wear or speak of pantsuits.
|by Anonymous||reply 266||05/15/2017|
No, R265, I have not "missed the fucking point." Using "they" instead of "you" marks your grammar skills, not your age. I know plenty of young people who wouldn't think of saying "they" to please some trans cunts like you.
|by Anonymous||reply 267||05/15/2017|
Goddamn, r267. We're talking about how some OLDER people still speak. They still say "he" or "his," even when they're also referring to females. Many older people forget, or simply don't care, that many young females are offended if their gender isn't specifically mentioned, or included in the now popular singular "they."
|by Anonymous||reply 268||05/15/2017|
SOmeone tell R268 they needs to FUCK OFF.
|by Anonymous||reply 269||05/15/2017|
Saying "he says" and "she says" 10x in a conversation. He sayzzzz....... She sayzzzz.....
|by Anonymous||reply 270||05/15/2017|
chippie = slut, especially one involved in adultery with another woman's husband.
|by Anonymous||reply 271||05/15/2017|
Tennis shoes is preferred to sneakers in many places; surprised me, but apparently so.
|by Anonymous||reply 272||05/15/2017|
[quote]Tennis shoes is preferred to sneakers in many places
It's what they call sneakers in Pittsburgh.
|by Anonymous||reply 273||05/15/2017|
Jump my bones
|by Anonymous||reply 274||05/15/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 275||05/15/2017|
my tight little twat
|by Anonymous||reply 276||05/15/2017|
Broadway doesn't go for booze and dope!
|by Anonymous||reply 277||05/15/2017|
Has anyone mentioned "shut in" for someone who can't, or won't, leave home? An old, vivid term. I used to see "Mass for Shut Ins" playing on early Sunday mornings when I was a kid.
"Dime store" has evolved into Dollar Store, I suppose. The pop group Gossip has a song called "Dime Store Diamond," and I was surprised by the reference since they're millenials.
|by Anonymous||reply 278||05/15/2017|
Exclamation from my aunt: "Judas Priest!"
My mother called a song a piece
|by Anonymous||reply 279||05/15/2017|
Land o' Goshen!
I says to my friend Mabel, I says, "Mabel, how is it that one minute you orate like a senator and the next you sound like you don't have the sense God gave a goose?"
|by Anonymous||reply 280||05/15/2017|
That and a dime will get ya a coffee.
she's all that and a bag of chips
|by Anonymous||reply 281||05/15/2017|
Awesome sauce is youngspeak.
|by Anonymous||reply 282||05/15/2017|
This is very southern U.S. but referring to a clothes iron as a "smoothie"
It's derived from the old term "smoothing iron"
|by Anonymous||reply 283||05/15/2017|
Not since 1996 r283. I haven't heard it used by anyone under sixty for years.
|by Anonymous||reply 284||05/15/2017|
Some older people add the article "the" in front of named entities. Like, they'll say "I'm going to THE Starbucks, I went to THE Rite-Aid," and so forth.
|by Anonymous||reply 285||05/16/2017|
Referring to a male as a "cat."
"What's happenin'!" as a greeting.
Well, I'll BE!
|by Anonymous||reply 286||05/16/2017|
Actually, R285, I find more people adding "apostrophe-S" on the end of brand names, even though they don't belong there, than I have observed your extraneous "the" phenomenon.
Trio's Restaurant in Washington, DC. It was actually just Trio.
|by Anonymous||reply 287||05/16/2017|
my dad says toilet when referring to the bathroom . He'd say we're late because you mother had to the toilet.
|by Anonymous||reply 288||05/16/2017|
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|by Anonymous||reply 290||05/16/2017|
From Queens, R288?
|by Anonymous||reply 291||05/16/2017|
When I was a kid my parents called margarine "oleo" - which seems really old-timey now.
Just last night I caught a bit of an episode of Card Sharks on Buzzr from 1984 or so and the host introduced and Asian contestant from Atlanta as "An Oriental from the South - how unusual!"
|by Anonymous||reply 292||05/16/2017|
When I was a kid my grandmother pronounced margarine with a hard g, which sounded odd because no one else said it but turns out her pronunciation was correct. It'll never catch on.
|by Anonymous||reply 293||05/16/2017|
"Stop lollygagging" was said by the adults to their kids who were "goofing off" or taking too long to get ready to go out.
|by Anonymous||reply 294||05/16/2017|
^ And "Stop dilly-dallying."
|by Anonymous||reply 295||05/16/2017|
Breaking!!! Official!!! Broadway!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 296||05/16/2017|
Is that the same as *****BREAKING*****?
|by Anonymous||reply 297||05/17/2017|
Explaining that they don't like someone because of "their evil ways." It's usually used to describe someone of dubious or shady character.
|by Anonymous||reply 298||05/17/2017|
Referring to soda as " pop". The owner of the bar where I worked was visibly annoyed when is senior citizen mom who was visiting him from out west somewhere asked for a "pop" and he said " you can have one if stop calling it "pop" "What a jerk!
|by Anonymous||reply 299||05/17/2017|
"She's a shut-in!" "Oh for corn's sake!"
|by Anonymous||reply 300||05/17/2017|
Pop is regional, not age-based.
|by Anonymous||reply 301||05/17/2017|
Referring to a pregnant woman by saying "she has a bun in the oven", or "she is with child".
Someone above mentioned a shorter version of "Doesn't have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of"
Not exclusively used by older people (probably thanks to Joss Whedon) but still sounds old to me: "The Powers That Be"
|by Anonymous||reply 302||05/17/2017|
[quote]Referring to a pregnant woman by saying "she has a bun in the oven", or "she is with child".
Or "in the family way."
|by Anonymous||reply 303||05/17/2017|
A friend's very proper Southern grandmother used to say "dirty" as a euphemism for "shit": "Miss Foo-Foo is getting so old she forgets to dirty in the litter box!"
|by Anonymous||reply 304||05/17/2017|
This here website thingy.
|by Anonymous||reply 305||05/17/2017|
The vast majority "Huh - wah - ya" pronouncers also say "Ju - lie" for July.
|by Anonymous||reply 306||05/17/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 307||05/17/2017|
R286, I'm guilty of the 'What's Happening' greeting.
I had a friend whose mom used to say 'THE' before everything. The Safeway, The Macy's. The best was a Mexican restaurant, The El Amigo!
|by Anonymous||reply 308||05/17/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 309||05/17/2017|
I'm tired of people saying "There's no there there."
|by Anonymous||reply 310||05/17/2017|
My grandma and her son, my dad, says 'hah-reed' instead of 'hired.'
"He got hah-reed on at the paper."
|by Anonymous||reply 311||05/17/2017|
lol r308 Off subject I would get so embarrassed if went someplace with my mother and she had an interaction with anyone whose first language was Spanish she would insist on trying to speak to them in her completely awful , unintelligible Spanish complete with her very Brooklyn accent. If we went to a Mexican restaurant every time the waiter came by to drop chips and salsa or pour water I would cringe every time she would say "grasias" very loudly. I was very shy and self conscious as a teen.
|by Anonymous||reply 312||05/17/2017|
I realized a couple of days ago that I haven't heard "spare me" in years.
|by Anonymous||reply 313||05/17/2017|
My mom always said "can the corn" when she though I was being over the top. My aunt would always say " keep your powder dry" whenever I was trying to rush her.
|by Anonymous||reply 314||05/17/2017|
My partner's mom, whom I adore, is from northwest Alabama, which has a number of weird linguistic quirks. She gets her [italic]T[/italic]s and [italic]K[/italic]s mixed up and says stuff like "Walmark's" and "ast" for "ask." She also calls Publix supermarket "The Pube-Lix." The thing is, she's an educated woman with a bachelor's.
|by Anonymous||reply 315||05/17/2017|
r144, Not "contemptuous." Paul Newman used to say of Joanne Woodward, "She's the last of the great broads."
|by Anonymous||reply 316||05/17/2017|
I think [italic]broad[/italic] is a great word, as is [italic]dame.[/italic]
|by Anonymous||reply 317||05/17/2017|
In my early 20s, I worked in nursing homes. This was 15 years ago, so most of the people I looked after were born in the 1910s. (That was a good generation, better, I think, than the people in their 80s and 90s today, but I'm probably just sentimental about "my" old people.)
Anyway, when something was going right, or when I was getting the hang of the way one of the Olds wanted something done, they'd say "That's the stuff!" Or "Now you're cooking with gas!".
|by Anonymous||reply 318||05/17/2017|
[Quote]I find more people adding "apostrophe-S" on the end of brand names
Back when I lived in Florida, I remember some of the older black people referring to Winn-Dixie (a supermarket) as "The Winn-Dixies." They made it sound like a singing group.
|by Anonymous||reply 319||05/17/2017|
[quote] My aunt would always say " keep your powder dry" whenever I was trying to rush her.
Why would you have spent so much time with an aunt that you would have had multiple situations of rushing her? That just sounds weird. Really, really carnival freak weird.
Are you part of a carny family? Did she have a giant leg and a micro leg and have to be wagon pulled to each show? Then maybe trying to get her back and forth on time for each show I could see where you might have a history of rushing her. Is that what it was? You sound very unappealing in general.
|by Anonymous||reply 320||05/17/2017|
I think people add apostrophe S to store names if they grew up when there were a lot more Mom & Pop stores (before the Walmart/Safeway/Kroger etc era. I have heard people over 65 say that there used to be little independent grocers everywhere. Mr. Lamar ran "Lamar's IGA" and everyone called it "Lamar's", the Schmidt's ran Schmidt's IGA, and everyone called it "Schmidt's". It's only natural that these people see a Walmart and call it "Walmarts".
|by Anonymous||reply 321||05/17/2017|
I used to cringe when older people would say, "Break a leg" to someone going on a job interview or doing an important presentation where they needed to impress management.
|by Anonymous||reply 322||05/17/2017|
When my Mom was feeling unwell for some vague reason, she'd say she felt "all cattywopple". She'd call a mischievous pet a "little nix-nooks".
|by Anonymous||reply 323||05/17/2017|
In a raised and concerned voice my dad would ask, "What the Sam Hill is going on around here" whenever me and my siblings were "horsing around." My mom used to say "You scared the dickens outta me" whenever anyone startled her.
|by Anonymous||reply 324||05/17/2017|
My mom, in reference to the intensely hot and sticky (humid) New York City summers, would say "woo, it's killing out there!" She would also tell my dad to put the "air" on during those moments.
|by Anonymous||reply 325||05/17/2017|
To express embarrassment: "I'd've liked to died."
Relaying a frightening instance: "It scared the dickens out of me."
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|by Anonymous||reply 327||05/17/2017|
You bet your sweet bippy!
|by Anonymous||reply 328||05/17/2017|
My mom uses the word "cunning" (pronounced "cunnin'") to describe something small and cute - usually a baby, but it could be a puppy or a small child doing something delightful ("Isn't that cunning?")
Also - she uses the word "strange" to describe a baby having a fear of strangers. If she were hold a baby and he began to fuss for it's mother and cry she would say "Oh - he's just a little strange..." as she gave him back. I once had to tell a friend that, no, my mom didn't think her baby was weird in some way...
|by Anonymous||reply 329||05/17/2017|
One of my grandma's BFFs used say "the epizootic" and "the creeping crud" to refer to colds and flu. She also used to bust out with stuff like "Burger in a Hurry" for Burger King/McDonald's and "femole" for "female" (as in "femole problems").
|by Anonymous||reply 330||05/17/2017|
An old friend of mine has a great-aunt who just cain't talk straight y'all. She once called Winnie the Pooh "Winnie the Poodle." Referring to the opening ceremonies at a Summer Olympics, she said, "I loved it when they shot them doaves outta them canyons at the Oplympics."
|by Anonymous||reply 331||05/17/2017|
My aunt was fond of saying, "Let's blow this joint and everyone in it."
|by Anonymous||reply 332||05/17/2017|
Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.
She could talk a blue streak.
They've got you over a barrel.
|by Anonymous||reply 333||05/17/2017|
Throw another faggot on the fire.
|by Anonymous||reply 334||05/17/2017|
"gal" or "gals"
|by Anonymous||reply 335||05/18/2017|
r320 Nasty cunt.
|by Anonymous||reply 336||05/18/2017|
In the South, if someone is always disagreeable, hard to get along with you would hear "you couldn't please that woman if you hit her in the ass with a brass monkey."
|by Anonymous||reply 337||05/18/2017|
You've got it all cattywampous - meaning all crooked, misplaced, out of the right spot.
That tickles me - as in that makes me happy, makes me giggle, laugh.
Doodlesop - stereo. As in turn down that doodlesop, it's too loud!
Adding R's and dropping consonants, which is more regional but I hear it more from seniors: warsh, windas, pillas, Innapolis, Warshington
|by Anonymous||reply 338||05/18/2017|
She's rode hard and put away wet.
|by Anonymous||reply 339||05/18/2017|
My mom's mother used call feeling ill "the bips."
"What's the matter, ya got the bips?" My mom also says this, and I occasionally also find myself asking my Shih-tzu if she has the bips.
I'm spelling it phonetically-- it may be a Volga word that's spelled entirely differently. She was adopted by Volga Germans. I have searched for the word to no avail.
I used to search for the origins of "Bazoof!", another thing my grandma said, until someone helpfully pointed out that she was actually saying "Pass auf!"
|by Anonymous||reply 340||05/18/2017|
"Get off my lawn!"
|by Anonymous||reply 341||05/18/2017|
"Well, Fan my brow"
|by Anonymous||reply 342||05/18/2017|
We're not children r338. Everyone knows what that tickles or that tickled me means. Same thing with cattawompus or however it's spelled.
r340, maybe volga meant vulgar since your grandma seemingly spoke with some sort of accent or speech impediment.
|by Anonymous||reply 343||05/18/2017|
R339 - it's funny because there's a local bartender whom I hadn't seen in a while, and the last time I saw him my immediate thought was "Man, he looks rode hard and put away wet!" He used to seem boyishly cute, but he's aged noticeably to me.
I love the expression "Now you're (we're) cooking with gas!"
My grandmother would refer to what Dataloungers call cookie-smellers as "pantywaists".
|by Anonymous||reply 344||05/18/2017|
my grandma tells me to give her a buzz when she wants me to call her.
|by Anonymous||reply 345||05/18/2017|
Mongoloids, spastics, and cretins
|by Anonymous||reply 346||05/18/2017|
My grandmother used to say things like "land sakes!", "take him to the surgery", "don't eat the gooseberries you will have the scutters", "Mr O'Dell shit in the well and when get got up it made a great smell" (There was a handyman named Mr. Odell working on a well at her house). I really enjoyed hanging out with nan in her garden.
|by Anonymous||reply 347||05/18/2017|
Eat my box!
|by Anonymous||reply 348||05/18/2017|
Your pussy smells like goat.
|by Anonymous||reply 349||05/18/2017|
It was a blast
|by Anonymous||reply 350||05/18/2017|
R320: as my late granny would have said, 'Manners, children, Manners!'
|by Anonymous||reply 351||05/19/2017|
Shave 'em dry!
|by Anonymous||reply 352||05/19/2017|
R345 My elderly aunt used to say "I'll give you a jingle" instead of I'll call you or I'll buzz you.
And my grandparents with their rotary phones used to say, "Hold the wire, please" when they needed to put the phone down for a minute, before we had features such as a hold button and call waiting, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 353||05/19/2017|
"Hoovering".......instead of "Vacuuming"............
|by Anonymous||reply 354||05/19/2017|
R343 I appreciated the explanation as I am sure did others here. I had never heard of cattywompus. And you are catty. It could have also meant that.
Your post was unnecessary. Stop shitting all over this thread, as you have in a few places, attacking posters. Go to another thread before you ruin this one.
|by Anonymous||reply 355||05/19/2017|
Years ago, I heard an older woman from New Jersey refer to the yellow traffic light as the "amber" light. I've since found out that they say this in the UK, but I never heard it here. BTW, the old woman's accent was definitely New Jerseyan. Are any of you familiar with this usage in the US?
|by Anonymous||reply 356||05/19/2017|
I'm not, but I am familiar with the amber-lamps that comes to take you away when you run a scarlet light and crash into traffic.
|by Anonymous||reply 357||05/19/2017|
I have remembered a few more that I picked up during my nursing home days.
"I'll be there with bells on." I think it meant a person was looking forward to something.
"I'll dance at your wedding." This was a compliment for a favor, I think.
|by Anonymous||reply 358||05/26/2017|
I have heard NJ people say amber, but I say yellow.
|by Anonymous||reply 359||05/26/2017|
DL calls movies pictures.
|by Anonymous||reply 360||05/26/2017|
In all my years living in NJ, I only ever heard "yellow light."
|by Anonymous||reply 361||05/26/2017|
This NJ blog ad for traffic ticket legal help mentions the "amber" light in the first paragraph. However, it mentions it as "yellow" in the following paragraph. I don't know.
|by Anonymous||reply 362||05/26/2017|
Sniffin' cookies in Monmouth County.
|by Anonymous||reply 363||05/26/2017|
Biddy pl. biddies (Old woman)
Trifling (petty, shallow) E.g., "You're just a trifling dried-up biddy."
Catting around (to be promiscuous)
Puny (ill or tired)
Actually I think something about the current era - perhaps the lack of imagination, or the lack of reading, or the lack of overall education - is making English more dull than it used to be.
|by Anonymous||reply 364||05/26/2017|
If someone refers to an Asian as an Oriental then you know they are old as dirt.
|by Anonymous||reply 365||05/27/2017|
Phrases my grandmother would say:
You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
Mable, Mable get your elbows off the table.
Brown as a berry.
My dad called the refrigerator the icebox.
|by Anonymous||reply 366||05/27/2017|
Referrring to someone having diabetes, "he's got "sugar" or "sugar diabetes"
"Haven't heard that in a coon's age."
"close the door, do you think we live in a barn?"
|by Anonymous||reply 367||05/27/2017|
I thought sugar diabetes was a black term?
|by Anonymous||reply 368||05/27/2017|
Question mark, R368?
|by Anonymous||reply 369||05/28/2017|
non-beverage tea (gossip)
|by Anonymous||reply 370||05/28/2017|
keep your shirt on!
|by Anonymous||reply 371||05/28/2017|
Sugar Diabetes was also said by white people in the South
|by Anonymous||reply 372||05/28/2017|
Well...Fan my Brow!
|by Anonymous||reply 373||05/28/2017|
"Spill some tea!" or "What's the tea?"
A lot of older DLers use it when they want to ask about gossip.
|by Anonymous||reply 374||05/28/2017|
"Cool your jets" when one feels pushed or rushed.
|by Anonymous||reply 375||05/28/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 376||05/28/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 377||05/28/2017|
Subtext of this thread: Millennials may call me an "Old" or an "Eldergay" but there are people a lot older than me and I can make fun of them.
|by Anonymous||reply 378||05/28/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 379||05/28/2017|
Sit On It
|by Anonymous||reply 380||05/28/2017|
Tea (other than the beverage)
Prep doesn't work!
|by Anonymous||reply 381||05/28/2017|
Can It, Tubular
|by Anonymous||reply 382||05/28/2017|
My dad, who's 94, calls cashiers "chief".
|by Anonymous||reply 383||05/28/2017|
"Chief" is an ageless bro-ism too, R383
It generally implies the speaker should know your name but doesn't.
SEE ALSO: "Captain!" "Cap'n!" "Boss!" "Sir!"
|by Anonymous||reply 384||05/28/2017|
Ice box = refrigerator
Cobbler = shoe repair
|by Anonymous||reply 385||05/28/2017|
Senile = dementia or Alzheimer's.
|by Anonymous||reply 386||05/28/2017|
Back in the 1960s, my parents' friends' daughters used the term cool your jets to show teenage exasperation. That couple and my parents took up the term at times sarcastically, so I heard it regularly.
|by Anonymous||reply 387||05/28/2017|
R147 I'll meetcha on the neutral ground after I make groceries at Swagmann's(sic)
|by Anonymous||reply 388||05/28/2017|
My grandma was always threatening to "clobber" me, or give me a swat on my rumpus trumpus.
|by Anonymous||reply 389||05/28/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 390||05/28/2017|
"I'll knock the daylights out of you!"
Also, "I'll knock your lights out!"
|by Anonymous||reply 391||05/28/2017|
Don't Bogart that joint.
Two (or three, or four) finger lid.
|by Anonymous||reply 392||05/28/2017|
This thread is weirdly both amusing and depressing. I am right there with you about some of the phrases and terms my elders used (Davenport, icebox, pocketbook, charge card, slacks, gals and nylons). "Sweeper" or "Hoover" for vacuum cleaner. My grandmother called the TV remote "the machine."
But I miss the people who used those words, and I know that 30 years from now we'll be made fun of for words we use now.
On the other hand, sometimes old words make a comeback. What can we do to replace "curate" and "artisinal" with less trendy-last-year terms?
|by Anonymous||reply 393||05/28/2017|
'No Fats and Fems'.
|by Anonymous||reply 394||05/28/2017|
Gays are still called Queers in the South
|by Anonymous||reply 395||05/28/2017|
My husband's father called Jewish people "Israelites" until we broke him of the habit.
|by Anonymous||reply 396||05/28/2017|
"You kids skidaddle" means to go, or a nice, polite way of saying get out.
|by Anonymous||reply 397||05/28/2017|
I'll bet you dollars to donuts...
|by Anonymous||reply 398||05/28/2017|
I may not be here to see it, but this Apple Cart will be upended.
|by Anonymous||reply 399||05/28/2017|
OMG, R396, you reminded me.
My Grandmother (1899-1996) had this awful expression. I would regularly do yard work there. It was a chance to hang with her and the dog. We'd play cards in the evening (not the dog, though). Anyway, in exchange for the yard work, it was tradition for her to treat me for an ice cream a few blocks down at the best place in town. She would say:
[quote] After you finish, I'll blow you to an ice cream.
After years of this, I told her it meant something crud in today's slang. She stopped using the expression, but never asked what it meant. I did once hear an old codger also use the expression, so it wasn't just her. She'd give me a heart attack when she said it in the ice cream store.
|by Anonymous||reply 400||05/28/2017|
My mother liked to call me the laziest white woman she ever did see.
|by Anonymous||reply 401||05/28/2017|
Did she mean the laziest she'd seen in all her put togethers?
|by Anonymous||reply 402||05/28/2017|
Alternate definition of "blow me".
Here it is. It was hard to find. Even the Urban Dictionary didn't have it.
Gram did say to my sister once "Danny said I can't say that anymore". Maybe she just stopped saying it to me!?
|by Anonymous||reply 403||05/28/2017|
"That boy is one card shy of a full deck."
|by Anonymous||reply 404||05/28/2017|
Jump my bones!
|by Anonymous||reply 405||05/28/2017|
The living daylights.
|by Anonymous||reply 406||05/28/2017|
"He's so full of shit his eyes are brown"
|by Anonymous||reply 407||05/28/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 408||05/28/2017|
I'm as nervous as a whore in church. Shit fire!
|by Anonymous||reply 409||05/28/2017|
As drunk as an Irish priest.
|by Anonymous||reply 410||05/28/2017|
R401: I had heard men described as world's laziest white man in my distant youth.
|by Anonymous||reply 411||05/28/2017|
Since we're in the realm of race, "free, white, and 21..."
|by Anonymous||reply 412||05/28/2017|
This elderly black woman comes into the diner in the south and says: "shore 'nuff" repeatedly and habitually while conversing with other patrons and waitresses.
|by Anonymous||reply 413||05/28/2017|
[quote]But I miss the people who used those words, and I know that 30 years from now we'll be made fun of for words we use now. On the other hand, sometimes old words make a comeback. What can we do to replace "curate" and "artisinal" with less trendy-last-year terms?
I make a point to use words, terms and phrases that I actually like, that capture my fancy, so to speak. I was recounting my day to a good friend (in an E-mail) and mentioned the cute young black-haired waiter who waited on me at the local diner. I told him that I was so impressed by Zachary and his anthracite brows that I ended up leaving an embarrassingly large tip. When he replied back, he made sure to say, "God damn you for making me Google!" I remembered that phrase in some review of 'A Kiss Before Dying' with Matt Dillon and Sean Young, and it bubbled to the top when I was thinking of Zachary in all his sable glory. So I might still say "groovy" or "far out" because they were popular on TV when I was a kid.
Years ago, I had one of those robot vacuum cleaners, and would turn it on to sweep the hardwood floors on the second floor when I would take my parents out for Sunday brunch and long drive. My Mom nicknamed it 'Jiggsy' after she heard it banging around upstairs on its own, and now that I'm on my second robot vacuum cleaner, he's Jiggsy II. Some of my friends even ask about Jiggsy.
|by Anonymous||reply 414||05/28/2017|
Fee fi fiddle fi fuck. Fee fi fiddle fi fuck. Strummin on my ol asshole.
|by Anonymous||reply 415||05/28/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 416||05/28/2017|
He's as worthless as tits on a boat.
Colder than a witches tit.
|by Anonymous||reply 417||05/28/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 418||05/28/2017|
Care of my mum:
Cold as a witches tit
It's been that way 'since Adam was a cowboy'
When I'd say; ' but I thought...' she'd say 'well you know what Thought thought? Thought thought his big toe was out of bed so got out of bed to put it back in!'
Spam mail is 'being hacked'
Useless as tits on a bull
A face like a slapped arse
|by Anonymous||reply 419||05/28/2017|
A family friend, from New England would say to someone who was drunk or hungover:
"Your eyes look like two pissholes in a snowbank"
I think it's hilarious.
|by Anonymous||reply 420||05/28/2017|
Trip the light fantastic.
Cut a rug.
Cut a step.
|by Anonymous||reply 421||05/28/2017|
[quote]Well, I Swan!
Well, I just won ................
|by Anonymous||reply 422||05/28/2017|
It's colder than a welldiggers ass in January.
|by Anonymous||reply 423||05/28/2017|
She could eat a corn cob thru a picket fence
|by Anonymous||reply 424||05/28/2017|
I'm constantly calling dance clubs "discos". My young twink friends find this hilarious.
|by Anonymous||reply 425||05/28/2017|
"..since Christ was in short pants.."
From my Midwestern relatives:
"..he's got a burr up his ass about somethin'.."
"We? You got a turd in your pocket?"
"Drier than a popcorn fart"
|by Anonymous||reply 426||05/28/2017|
My mother used to say, "I can't hack it."
|by Anonymous||reply 427||05/28/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 428||05/28/2017|
He didn't have the chance of a fart in a whirlwind.
Woo—that baby smells like it was born dead! (Said upon entering the bathroom after someone has taken a massive dump).
He don't earn enough money to physic a fuckin' woodpecker.
I hope to piss in your mess kit! (An affirmative answer).
…since Christ was a corporal.
…since Jesus was a cowboy.
Whaddya want, egg in your beer? (Said to a chronic kvetcher).
"He was out back takin' a shit and the hogs ate him." (Response to the question, "where's so-and-so?" — Courtesy of the movie, [italic]Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More.[/italic])
|by Anonymous||reply 429||05/28/2017|
There's a distinct scatalogical thread to R429's choices.
|by Anonymous||reply 430||05/29/2017|
When surprised: "Good Night St. Agnes!"
|by Anonymous||reply 431||05/29/2017|
This White House is as crooked as a dogs hind leg.
|by Anonymous||reply 432||05/29/2017|
Upthread the "Witches tit" phrase.... here in the Northeast we always heard it as "Colder than a witches tit in a brass brassiere."
|by Anonymous||reply 433||05/29/2017|
On holidays or a special occasion, when my dad was opening a bottle of champagne he'd say, "Here's champagne to our real friends, and real pain to our sham friends." My brothers and I would roll our eyes, but now that dad's gone we'd give anything to hear him say that corny old line again.
|by Anonymous||reply 434||05/29/2017|
[quote]"We? You got a turd in your pocket?"
|by Anonymous||reply 435||05/29/2017|
I always wondered "When did you touch a witch's tit"?
|by Anonymous||reply 436||05/29/2017|
In high school I worked for a time at a gas station/ small convenience store. It always amused me when people would come in and pay for "10 dollars of the high-test," or ask for directions to get "down city."
I was polite and responsive, because my older relatives talked the same way.
|by Anonymous||reply 437||05/29/2017|
[quote]I always wondered "When did you touch a witch's tit"?
Response would be: "Ask your mother."
|by Anonymous||reply 438||05/29/2017|
[quote]Exclamation from my aunt: "Judas Priest!"
My 94-year-old father used this all the time...in place of "Jesus Christ!"
|by Anonymous||reply 439||05/30/2017|
"Stop being such a noodnik!"
|by Anonymous||reply 440||05/30/2017|
[quote]He's as worthless as tits on a boat.
I've heard that expression as, "He's as worthless as tits on a boar," meaning a boar, or a male hog.
Tits on a boat doesn't make much sense to me, but whatevs...
|by Anonymous||reply 441||05/30/2017|
My grandparents would use the expression "taking" to mean coming down with an illness, as in, "I hope you're not 'taking the flu."
|by Anonymous||reply 442||05/30/2017|
They also used the term "making" or "made" to refer to someone who became a professional...
For example, "Now their older son, he 'made' a doctor. Their second son, he 'made' a lawyer."
Their youngest son was just a nancy boy.
|by Anonymous||reply 443||05/30/2017|
Britches were everyday pants or work pants.
Trousers were good pants or church clothes.
Slacks referred to what fast women or Yankee women wore.
|by Anonymous||reply 444||05/30/2017|
Sometimes I lie on that settee to watch my stories....
|by Anonymous||reply 445||05/30/2017|
r445 Good morning, dear.
|by Anonymous||reply 446||05/30/2017|
Grippe referred to a serious respiratory illness...
But a 'grip' was a valise or a small piece of luggage
|by Anonymous||reply 447||05/30/2017|
Lawd, I do KNOW she keeps the filthiest house I ever did see!
But don't let on you notice, she's very techitous about it....
|by Anonymous||reply 448||05/30/2017|
I'm not sure about the spelling of this term, as I've never seen it written...
But when someone at their fill of something or became sated, I've heard elderly people say, "He sat their and ate those turnip greens until he had a bate of them."
|by Anonymous||reply 449||05/30/2017|
|by Anonymous||reply 450||05/30/2017|
*ate their fill
|by Anonymous||reply 451||05/30/2017|
Fast women or women who didn't stay home all day, do domestic chores, and tend to their families were judged harshly....
One female relative who liked to travel, visit, and carry gossip was routinely dismissed with the saying, "She ought to be sweeping 'round her own back door."
|by Anonymous||reply 452||05/30/2017|
When one of my friends called his grandparents, he talked to his grandfather for a while, then he asked what his grandmother was doing.
His grandfather said, "Oh, she's just wringing out her dish rag," as a euphemism for, "She's peeing."
We thought that was hilarious...
|by Anonymous||reply 453||05/30/2017|
jibokey, a term for a foolish, stupid person. I don't know how to spell it. It is pronounced Ji, as in Jim, Bo as in boat and key as in key. Anyone else here this term growing up? Any clue as to the origin of it?
|by Anonymous||reply 454||05/30/2017|
My grandmother called door-to-door salesmen "drummers".
If someone had an accent, especially one that seemed affected, she'd say they spoke with a "brogue".
|by Anonymous||reply 455||05/30/2017|
Oh, my word!
|by Anonymous||reply 456||05/30/2017|
Will wonders never cease!
Heavens to Murgatroyd
|by Anonymous||reply 457||05/30/2017|
Pop instead of soda.
And one I never understood:
Well, Katy bar the door! Do southerners say this when they're shocked? Or when they see a one-legged cat trying to bear shit on a frozen pond?
|by Anonymous||reply 458||06/01/2017|
Pop is REGIONAL, not generational.
|by Anonymous||reply 459||06/01/2017|
"Getting some Bear jaw" is Southern for having sex
|by Anonymous||reply 460||06/01/2017|
My dad calls people knuckle heads and numb sculls.
|by Anonymous||reply 461||09/18/2017|
"Jew" as a verb. "Well we can try to jew him down on the price."
|by Anonymous||reply 462||09/18/2017|
My mother alwayS said "sugar" instead of saying "shit" but only around other people. Around the house she cursed like a sailor.
|by Anonymous||reply 463||09/18/2017|
R442 He "took ill" was another one.
|by Anonymous||reply 464||09/18/2017|