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Words and Phrases that older people say

My 90 year old Grandmother calls movies 'pictures'.

by Anonymousreply 20412/10/2014

What a stitch

by Anonymousreply 205/17/2013

Referring to men with "Miss." Miss Rob. Miss Jeff, etc.

by Anonymousreply 305/17/2013

Calling a TV show, especially soap operas, their "stories".

by Anonymousreply 405/17/2013

"Honest to Pete."

by Anonymousreply 505/17/2013

Worst thread evah!

by Anonymousreply 605/17/2013

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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by Anonymousreply 805/17/2013

[quote]Referring to men with "Miss." Miss Rob. Miss Jeff, etc.


by Anonymousreply 905/17/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 1005/17/2013

My word!

by Anonymousreply 1105/17/2013

colored people

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by Anonymousreply 1305/17/2013

[quote]colored people

Yeh, as opposed to "people of color".

by Anonymousreply 1505/17/2013

Do these slacks make me look fat?

by Anonymousreply 1605/17/2013

One of my friends refers to straight men with female pronouns, I love it.

by Anonymousreply 1705/17/2013

Thank you for your contribution anyway, R17.

by Anonymousreply 1805/17/2013

"Me thinks"

"Note to self"

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by Anonymousreply 2005/17/2013

Land sakes!

by Anonymousreply 2105/17/2013

shiver me timbers

by Anonymousreply 2205/17/2013

"Nervous as a fart on the skillet!"

by Anonymousreply 2305/17/2013

"I swannee!"

"Land o' Goshen!"

"Over the hill comes Piss Pot Pete!"

"Lord Peter!"

by Anonymousreply 2405/17/2013

calling women "broads." This may be a TV thing though, since that's the only place I've ever heard it.

by Anonymousreply 2505/17/2013

"the gays"

Seriously. Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 2605/17/2013

beauty parlor

pocket book

by Anonymousreply 2705/17/2013


Hot to trot

Cruisin for a bruisin

No way José

Far out!

by Anonymousreply 2805/17/2013

When my mother and her siblings walked to town from my grandparents house they would say they were "going upstreet."

by Anonymousreply 2905/17/2013

My father called my stereo "that jukebox."

by Anonymousreply 3005/17/2013

You can ride on the rumble seat!

23 skidoo

by Anonymousreply 3105/17/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 3205/17/2013

My Word! You people are mean!

by Anonymousreply 3305/17/2013

My Mom pronounces Nazi like snazzy.

by Anonymousreply 3405/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3505/17/2013

Old Long Islanders pronounce "Cuba" as "cuber."

by Anonymousreply 3605/17/2013

Who pissed in your corn flakes?

by Anonymousreply 3705/17/2013

Oh, my stars and garters!

by Anonymousreply 3805/17/2013

"Get help, toots."

by Anonymousreply 3905/17/2013


Wow, I had forgotten that word. We used to call the couch that when I was a kid.

by Anonymousreply 4105/17/2013

r40, society has moved on. We now use the more polite term "negro" as in United Negro College Fund.

by Anonymousreply 4205/17/2013

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?"

by Anonymousreply 4305/17/2013

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

by Anonymousreply 4405/17/2013

[quote] We used to call the couch...

Couch. Ouch. Poor things.

by Anonymousreply 4505/17/2013

"I can't go, I'm just too fagged out" ( tired, spent).

by Anonymousreply 4605/17/2013

My grandmother (RIP) used to say the word "stoned" to mean "Drunk"

by Anonymousreply 4705/17/2013

"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).

by Anonymousreply 4805/17/2013

"Dope" for marijuana and other drugs.

by Anonymousreply 4905/17/2013

Dress your feet = Put your shoes on

by Anonymousreply 5005/17/2013

Dating: 'going steady.'

by Anonymousreply 5105/17/2013

"We're going out, and after dinner we're going to hit the disco and shake our booties all night long."

by Anonymousreply 5205/17/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 5305/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5405/17/2013

R54, we refer to the ocean floor, the desert floor and the forest floor at times.

by Anonymousreply 5505/17/2013

[quote]You can ride on the rumble seat!

You ride IN the rumble seat. It flips up and you climb into it.

by Anonymousreply 5605/17/2013

My mother calls her CD player the "phonograph." My aunt calls it the "Victrola."

by Anonymousreply 5705/17/2013




who let the dogs out woof woof




old school

any reference to show tunes and broadway


any kind of grammatical correction


by Anonymousreply 5805/17/2013

I'm pleased as punch that you payed me a visit.

by Anonymousreply 5905/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6005/17/2013

"Stepping out on" to mean cheating on a partner.

by Anonymousreply 6105/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6205/17/2013

R29 Were they from Pittsburgh?

by Anonymousreply 6305/17/2013

"gal" instead of "woman" or "girl"

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by Anonymousreply 6505/17/2013

I say "pictures" still. It was passed down to me. I always found it odd though that the Oscars still call it "Best Picture".

by Anonymousreply 6605/17/2013

"Highballs" for cocktails.

by Anonymousreply 6705/17/2013

I say "movies." "Pictures" means photographs to me.

I hate it when people call movies "films."

by Anonymousreply 6805/17/2013

"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."

by Anonymousreply 6905/17/2013

R67 Isn't a highball a specific kind of cocktail, with whiskey, ginger ale, and ice?

by Anonymousreply 7005/17/2013

Do you have Sanka?

by Anonymousreply 7105/17/2013

[quote]"Dope" for marijuana and other drugs.

Or "dope fiend" for addict.

by Anonymousreply 7205/17/2013

"Blondine" for bleaching one's hair

by Anonymousreply 7305/17/2013

[quote]Isn't a highball a specific kind of cocktail, with whiskey, ginger ale, and ice?


by Anonymousreply 7405/17/2013

I thought a highball was the type of glass certain drinks are served in.

by Anonymousreply 7505/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7605/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7705/17/2013

Yes, R77. Traditionally it is also called a highball. I am not making this up.

by Anonymousreply 7805/17/2013


funeral parlor



by Anonymousreply 7905/17/2013

The Other Side (blacks dating whites)

by Anonymousreply 8005/17/2013

Who ever said "the other side?" Where did you hear that? Sounds made up.

by Anonymousreply 8105/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8205/17/2013

Saying "go fry ice." to mean go to hell.

by Anonymousreply 8305/17/2013

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).

by Anonymousreply 8405/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8505/17/2013

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)


by Anonymousreply 8705/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8805/17/2013

Dressed like a band box.

by Anonymousreply 8905/17/2013

R44 -- people don't call those overshoes "rubbers" anymore? Galoshes may well not be around anymore, but I'd think rubbers are?

by Anonymousreply 9005/17/2013

over yonder

by Anonymousreply 9105/17/2013

[quote]And since vinyl became passe: record player, victrola, stereo

Before "vinyl" became passe, it wasn't called "vinyl."

by Anonymousreply 9205/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 9505/17/2013

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!"


by Anonymousreply 9605/17/2013

Go pound salt!

by Anonymousreply 9705/17/2013

Does anyone get their tit caught in a wringer anymore?

by Anonymousreply 9805/17/2013

Davenport instead of sofa

Pop instead of soda (but I know that is more Midwest)

Good grief!

Good night nurse!

For Pete's sakes!

For crying out loud!

by Anonymousreply 9905/17/2013

Great Scott!

by Anonymousreply 10005/17/2013

R7 I must be really old, because I think adding an "S" that way -- usually creating a possessive -- is something young people do.

by Anonymousreply 10105/17/2013

At last...thanks, R56

R60 = black...

by Anonymousreply 10205/17/2013

My parents always referred to anyone who did drugs, from just smoking a joint to mainlining heroin, as a dope fiend.

by Anonymousreply 10305/17/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 10405/17/2013

My father used to call idiots a 'dumb bell!'

by Anonymousreply 10505/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 10605/18/2013

[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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by Anonymousreply 10805/18/2013

There is only one company that makes rubbers that are any good....TOTES!

by Anonymousreply 10905/18/2013

R102 = fuckwit...

by Anonymousreply 11005/18/2013

R107 I call those "duck shoes."

by Anonymousreply 11105/18/2013

Margarine: Olio

by Anonymousreply 11205/18/2013

"A gone coon". Applied to anyone in big trouble.

by Anonymousreply 11305/18/2013

Broad was not always negative. In fact calling someone like Barbara Stanwyck "a great broad" would have been a great compliment.

by Anonymousreply 11405/18/2013

[quote] She filled my apartment with maggots

That's a neat trick.

by Anonymousreply 11505/18/2013

[quote] funeral parlor

I still say that. It just sounds more euphemistic than funeral home or mortuary.

by Anonymousreply 11605/18/2013

When meeting someone new, "How do you do?"

by Anonymousreply 11705/18/2013

"She popped her clogs!"

by Anonymousreply 11805/18/2013

Calling a song a in "I love it when Judy Garland sings that number"

by Anonymousreply 11905/18/2013

[quote]When meeting someone new, "How do you do?"

Guilty. And it's the only correct thing to say.

by Anonymousreply 12005/18/2013

"There's a lid for every pot."

Gee, my grandparents understood the concept of "tops" and "bottoms" way before I did.

by Anonymousreply 12105/18/2013

"Six of one and half dozen of the other."

by Anonymousreply 12205/18/2013

Pollock. Not the painter, but the nationality. Just saying that word out loud makes me nostalgic for my racist uncles.

by Anonymousreply 12305/18/2013

"She took a spell."

"What are they callin'for?"

by Anonymousreply 12405/18/2013

r44, did galoshes close with metal snaps?

by Anonymousreply 12505/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 12605/18/2013

Little old Scandinavian-American ladies in Minnesota and the Dakotas talk about "getting my hairs done."

by Anonymousreply 12705/18/2013

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!"

by Anonymousreply 12805/18/2013

icebox for refrigerator. Pocketbook for handbag.

by Anonymousreply 12905/18/2013

"Handbag" is European, while "pocketbook" is American, although I suppose "purse" is perhaps more common these days.

by Anonymousreply 13005/18/2013

"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.

by Anonymousreply 13105/18/2013

"Pocketbook" is Southern too. When I was growing up (40-something here), it was also slang for "pussy."

by Anonymousreply 13205/18/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 13305/18/2013

Is there anyone still alive who calls laundry soap soap powder or soap powders? I remember that from the 60s.

by Anonymousreply 13405/18/2013

Calling people in a sex act "a top" or "a bottom."

by Anonymousreply 13505/18/2013

r68 The UK says films, US says movies. However, movies is used more and more now.

Some people were annoyed that on 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.

by Anonymousreply 13605/18/2013

R134 Does anyone [italic]use[/italic] soap powder anymore? I've always bought the liquid.

by Anonymousreply 13705/18/2013

Pollock is a fish, R123. The word you had in mind was Polack.

by Anonymousreply 13805/18/2013

You purse your lips, and carry a handbag, darlings.

by Anonymousreply 13905/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 14005/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 14105/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 14205/18/2013

r134 reminded me of Dr. Lyons Tooth Powder.

by Anonymousreply 14305/18/2013

"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.

by Anonymousreply 14405/18/2013

Cell phone.


"Pass me the converter." (converter = TV/cable remote)

by Anonymousreply 14505/18/2013

[quote]you payed me a visit

Oh, dear!

by Anonymousreply 14605/18/2013

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."

by Anonymousreply 14705/18/2013

Oh, dear!

by Anonymousreply 14805/18/2013

What do you call the grassy island in the middle of the street, R147?

by Anonymousreply 14905/18/2013

Neutral ground

by Anonymousreply 15005/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 15105/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 15205/18/2013

I heard "since Christ was a carpenter. "

by Anonymousreply 15305/18/2013

Gahd, whatta load of hooey!

by Anonymousreply 15405/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 15505/19/2013

I second R120

by Anonymousreply 15605/19/2013

[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."

by Anonymousreply 15705/19/2013

Load of old codswallop (rubbish)

Bob's your uncle! (there you go!)

Get your skates on! (make haste!)

Feet like puddings... (cankles)

by Anonymousreply 15805/19/2013

My 80 year old father says "Holy Mackerel" a lot.

by Anonymousreply 15905/19/2013

"I hope you're not sore with me for saying that."

by Anonymousreply 16005/19/2013

"That's a bunch of malarkey!"

I think it should make a comeback.

by Anonymousreply 16105/19/2013

My mom would often say I seemed to be at sixes and sevens when I was restless.

by Anonymousreply 16205/19/2013

Penny for your thoughts.

by Anonymousreply 16305/19/2013

The living end...

He/ she is SWELL


Listen here, SISTER...

Portagee (instead of Portuguese)

Eyetalian (instead of Italian)

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by Anonymousreply 16505/19/2013

My Grandma does pronounces Hawaii as Ha=waw=ya

by Anonymousreply 16605/19/2013

Jeepers, R165; I didn't realize that "golly" had gone out of style.

by Anonymousreply 16705/19/2013

Older people use a term that has disappeared from the American vocabulary....Honor.

by Anonymousreply 16805/19/2013

Eyetalian food.

by Anonymousreply 16905/19/2013

Jumpin' Jehosaphat!

by Anonymousreply 17005/19/2013

Good one r166. I've heard Toyota pronounced as Ty-ota more than once over the years.

by Anonymousreply 17105/19/2013

The clicker means TV remote.

by Anonymousreply 17205/19/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 17305/19/2013

In my house, "Where's the thing?" means tv remote.

by Anonymousreply 17405/19/2013

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."

by Anonymousreply 17505/19/2013

Smack my Bitch Up

by Anonymousreply 17605/19/2013

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 Anonymousreply 17705/19/2013

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 Anonymousreply 17805/19/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 17905/19/2013


That's said with a sarcastic tone (no doubt)

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by Anonymousreply 18105/19/2013

Divan for couch

by Anonymousreply 18205/19/2013

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"

by Anonymousreply 18305/19/2013

Godfrey Daniels! (WC Fields)

by Anonymousreply 18405/19/2013

[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 Anonymousreply 18505/19/2013

Because then you couldn't use the idiom, "Howdy do!"

by Anonymousreply 18605/19/2013

Oprah says pocketbook instead of bag or purse

(purse also sounds old-fashioned)

by Anonymousreply 18705/19/2013

r186, that term is awful. Could you imagine yourself having sex with someone who used it?

by Anonymousreply 18805/19/2013

R174, that has nothing to do with this topic.

by Anonymousreply 18905/19/2013

[quote]In my house, "Where's the thing?" means tv remote.

I call it the "button box".

by Anonymousreply 19005/19/2013

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 Anonymousreply 19105/19/2013

"What's an email client?"

by Anonymousreply 19205/19/2013

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 Anonymousreply 19305/19/2013

[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.

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by Anonymousreply 19505/19/2013

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 Anonymousreply 19605/19/2013

Old people say "slender" instead of thin.

by Anonymousreply 19705/19/2013

[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 Anonymousreply 19805/20/2013

[quote]spend a penny

That one needs to come back in vogue.

by Anonymousreply 19905/20/2013

[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 Anonymousreply 20005/30/2013

a lot of my relatives say warsh instead of wash

by Anonymousreply 20112/10/2014

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 Anonymousreply 20212/10/2014

My grandmother referred to her vagina as her "flower."

by Anonymousreply 20312/10/2014

"I'm no spring chicken."

by Anonymousreply 20412/10/2014
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