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My 90 year old Grandmother calls movies 'pictures'.

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by Anonymousreply 105/17/2013

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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[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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[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.

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beauty parlor

pocket book

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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."

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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."

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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.

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"

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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).

by Anonymousreply 4805/17/2013

"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."

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.

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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."

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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.

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R29 Were they from Pittsburgh?

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"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.

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funeral parlor



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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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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!

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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."

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 15505/18/2013

I second R120

by Anonymousreply 15605/18/2013

[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 15705/18/2013

Load of old codswallop (rubbish)

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

Get your skates on! (make haste!)

Feet like puddings... (cankles)

by Anonymousreply 15805/18/2013

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

by Anonymousreply 15905/18/2013

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

by Anonymousreply 16005/18/2013

"That's a bunch of malarkey!"

I think it should make a comeback.

by Anonymousreply 16105/18/2013

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

by Anonymousreply 16205/18/2013

Penny for your thoughts.

by Anonymousreply 16305/18/2013

The living end...

He/ she is SWELL


Listen here, SISTER...

Portagee (instead of Portuguese)

Eyetalian (instead of Italian)

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My Grandma does pronounces Hawaii as Ha=waw=ya

by Anonymousreply 16605/18/2013

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

Hillary keeps yelling "Hey you kids, get off my lawn"

by Anonymousreply 20505/15/2017

[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 Anonymousreply 20605/15/2017

And "Regan" was pronounced REEgan, like the Irish cop.

by Anonymousreply 20705/15/2017

Anything Mrs Geriatric Camp Bull types.

by Anonymousreply 20805/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 20905/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 21005/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 21105/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 21205/15/2017

"Spill some tea"

"You go gurl!!!"

"Yasss Queen!!"


by Anonymousreply 21305/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 21405/15/2017


by Anonymousreply 21505/15/2017

Caftans !

by Anonymousreply 21605/15/2017

This party's really percolating!

by Anonymousreply 21705/15/2017

"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 Anonymousreply 21805/15/2017

^ *older* Southerners

by Anonymousreply 21905/15/2017

[quote] Refer to a gay man as "AC/DC."

That's for bi people (men and women), not gay men.

by Anonymousreply 22005/15/2017

"spill the tea"


"you go gurl"

by Anonymousreply 22105/15/2017

^ Older people use those phrases? Really?

by Anonymousreply 22205/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 22305/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 22405/15/2017

"Johnny is out of his box" and "It's snowing down south" to indicate that your slip is showing.

by Anonymousreply 22505/15/2017

"Holy Toledo!"

"I'm going to knock you for a loop!"

"What are we, black?"


"Go down cellar"

"I'll break your lousy, stinkin' neck!"

by Anonymousreply 22605/15/2017

" 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 Anonymousreply 22705/15/2017

[quote]She also used refer to jeans as dungarees.

New Jersey?

by Anonymousreply 22805/15/2017

Canarsie Brooklyn ^^^

by Anonymousreply 22905/15/2017

Larry? ^^^

by Anonymousreply 23005/15/2017

My 79 yo mom says dungarees - lived most of her life in NJ though originally from MA.

by Anonymousreply 23105/15/2017

I said "dungarees" until I went to college. I grew up in North Jersey.

by Anonymousreply 23205/15/2017

Sundy, Mondy, Tuesdy

by Anonymousreply 23305/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 23405/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 23505/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 23605/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 23705/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 23805/15/2017

Eeeeeeeek eeeekk


by Anonymousreply 23905/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 24005/15/2017

I'm R240 and I clearly can't master the formatting here

by Anonymousreply 24105/15/2017

Hit "enter" twice, R241.

by Anonymousreply 24205/15/2017


I love old people.

by Anonymousreply 24305/15/2017

I use six of one, half dozen of another.

by Anonymousreply 24405/15/2017



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 Anonymousreply 24505/15/2017

A classic Pennsylvania Dutch expression: "Quit your rutchin' around." Meaning squirming or wriggling. Useful during sex with a restless bottom, lol.

by Anonymousreply 24605/15/2017

When discussing the hour, 'half-past' and 'quarter-past'. 'Quarter-to' seems to be more common, but is also disappearing.

by Anonymousreply 24705/15/2017

My grandmother always said 'half-past' and 'quarter-past'. She'd be 126 if she were alive today.

by Anonymousreply 24805/15/2017

Please, thank you, you're welcome, excuse me

by Anonymousreply 24905/15/2017

I look ten yours younger

by Anonymousreply 25005/15/2017

Quit acting ugly!

I didn't mean to act ugly.

I'm sorry for acting ugly.

by Anonymousreply 25105/15/2017

[quote]Older people use those phrases? Really?


by Anonymousreply 25205/15/2017

My grandmother referred to late morning as "forenoon".

by Anonymousreply 25305/15/2017

Refer to underwear as "drawers."

by Anonymousreply 25405/15/2017

Hillary always says "Now if you ask me," oblivious to the fact no one ever has

by Anonymousreply 25505/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 25605/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 25705/15/2017

My grandmother used the term "bedfast" in lieu of "bedridden".

by Anonymousreply 25805/15/2017

My 88 year old mother does not say Lesbian, she says Lizbun

by Anonymousreply 25905/15/2017

Because "he" is singular, R257, and "they" is plural. We say "they" when we are talking about more than one person.

by Anonymousreply 26005/15/2017

Bosoms, tennis shoes, icebox, beer joint, beauty parlor, filling station, picture show, oleo, commode, britches

by Anonymousreply 26105/15/2017

fuss budget, conniption fit

by Anonymousreply 26205/15/2017

Well, I Swan!

by Anonymousreply 26305/15/2017

"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 Anonymousreply 26405/15/2017

[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 Anonymousreply 26505/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 26605/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 26705/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 26805/15/2017

SOmeone tell R268 they needs to FUCK OFF.

by Anonymousreply 26905/15/2017

Saying "he says" and "she says" 10x in a conversation. He sayzzzz....... She sayzzzz.....

by Anonymousreply 27005/15/2017

chippie = slut, especially one involved in adultery with another woman's husband.

by Anonymousreply 27105/15/2017

Tennis shoes is preferred to sneakers in many places; surprised me, but apparently so.

by Anonymousreply 27205/15/2017

[quote]Tennis shoes is preferred to sneakers in many places

It's what they call sneakers in Pittsburgh.

by Anonymousreply 27305/15/2017

Jump my bones

by Anonymousreply 27405/15/2017


by Anonymousreply 27505/15/2017

my tight little twat

by Anonymousreply 27605/15/2017

Broadway doesn't go for booze and dope!

by Anonymousreply 27705/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 27805/15/2017

Exclamation from my aunt: "Judas Priest!"

My mother called a song a piece

by Anonymousreply 27905/15/2017

Land o' Goshen!

Have mercy!

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 Anonymousreply 28005/15/2017

That and a dime will get ya a coffee.

she's all that and a bag of chips

Awesome sauce!

by Anonymousreply 28105/15/2017

Awesome sauce is youngspeak.

by Anonymousreply 28205/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 28305/15/2017

Not since 1996 r283. I haven't heard it used by anyone under sixty for years.

by Anonymousreply 28405/15/2017

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 Anonymousreply 28505/16/2017

Referring to a male as a "cat."


"What's happenin'!" as a greeting.

Well, I'll BE!

by Anonymousreply 28605/16/2017

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.

Such as:

Trio's Restaurant in Washington, DC. It was actually just Trio.

by Anonymousreply 28705/16/2017

my dad says toilet when referring to the bathroom . He'd say we're late because you mother had to the toilet.

by Anonymousreply 28805/16/2017


by Anonymousreply 28905/16/2017

Hell's Teeth

by Anonymousreply 29005/16/2017

From Queens, R288?

by Anonymousreply 29105/16/2017

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 Anonymousreply 29205/16/2017

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 Anonymousreply 29305/16/2017

"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 Anonymousreply 29405/16/2017

^ And "Stop dilly-dallying."

by Anonymousreply 29505/16/2017

Breaking!!! Official!!! Broadway!!!

by Anonymousreply 29605/16/2017


Is that the same as *****BREAKING*****?

by Anonymousreply 29705/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 29805/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 29905/17/2017

"She's a shut-in!" "Oh for corn's sake!"

by Anonymousreply 30005/17/2017

Pop is regional, not age-based.

by Anonymousreply 30105/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 30205/17/2017

[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 Anonymousreply 30305/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 30405/17/2017

This here website thingy.

by Anonymousreply 30505/17/2017

The vast majority "Huh - wah - ya" pronouncers also say "Ju - lie" for July.

by Anonymousreply 30605/17/2017


by Anonymousreply 30705/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 30805/17/2017


by Anonymousreply 30905/17/2017

I'm tired of people saying "There's no there there."

by Anonymousreply 31005/17/2017

My grandma and her son, my dad, says 'hah-reed' instead of 'hired.'

"He got hah-reed on at the paper."

by Anonymousreply 31105/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 31205/17/2017

I realized a couple of days ago that I haven't heard "spare me" in years.

by Anonymousreply 31305/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 31405/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 31505/17/2017

r144, Not "contemptuous." Paul Newman used to say of Joanne Woodward, "She's the last of the great broads."

by Anonymousreply 31605/17/2017

I think [italic]broad[/italic] is a great word, as is [italic]dame.[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 31705/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 31805/17/2017

[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 Anonymousreply 31905/17/2017

[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 Anonymousreply 32005/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 32105/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 32205/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 32305/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 32405/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 32505/17/2017

To express embarrassment: "I'd've liked to died."

Relaying a frightening instance: "It scared the dickens out of me."

by Anonymousreply 32605/17/2017


by Anonymousreply 32705/17/2017

You bet your sweet bippy!

by Anonymousreply 32805/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 32905/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 33005/17/2017

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 Anonymousreply 33105/17/2017

My aunt was fond of saying, "Let's blow this joint and everyone in it."

by Anonymousreply 33205/17/2017

Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.

She could talk a blue streak.

They've got you over a barrel.

by Anonymousreply 33305/17/2017

Throw another faggot on the fire.

by Anonymousreply 33405/17/2017

"gal" or "gals"

by Anonymousreply 33505/18/2017

r320 Nasty cunt.

by Anonymousreply 33605/18/2017

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 Anonymousreply 33705/18/2017

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 Anonymousreply 33805/18/2017

She's rode hard and put away wet.

by Anonymousreply 33905/18/2017

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 Anonymousreply 34005/18/2017

"Get off my lawn!"

by Anonymousreply 34105/18/2017

"Well, Fan my brow"

by Anonymousreply 34205/18/2017

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 Anonymousreply 34305/18/2017

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 Anonymousreply 34405/18/2017

my grandma tells me to give her a buzz when she wants me to call her.

by Anonymousreply 34505/18/2017

Mongoloids, spastics, and cretins

by Anonymousreply 34605/18/2017

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 Anonymousreply 34705/18/2017

Eat my box!

by Anonymousreply 34805/18/2017

Your pussy smells like goat.

by Anonymousreply 34905/18/2017

It was a blast

by Anonymousreply 35005/18/2017

R320: as my late granny would have said, 'Manners, children, Manners!'

by Anonymousreply 35105/19/2017

Shave 'em dry!

by Anonymousreply 35205/19/2017

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 Anonymousreply 35305/19/2017

"Hoovering".......instead of "Vacuuming"............

by Anonymousreply 35405/19/2017

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 Anonymousreply 35505/19/2017

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 Anonymousreply 35605/19/2017

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 Anonymousreply 35705/19/2017

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 Anonymousreply 35805/26/2017

I have heard NJ people say amber, but I say yellow.

by Anonymousreply 35905/26/2017

DL calls movies pictures.

by Anonymousreply 36005/26/2017

In all my years living in NJ, I only ever heard "yellow light."

by Anonymousreply 36105/26/2017

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 Anonymousreply 36205/26/2017

Sniffin' cookies in Monmouth County.

by Anonymousreply 36305/26/2017

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 Anonymousreply 36405/26/2017

If someone refers to an Asian as an Oriental then you know they are old as dirt.

by Anonymousreply 36505/27/2017

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 Anonymousreply 36605/27/2017

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 Anonymousreply 36705/27/2017

I thought sugar diabetes was a black term?

by Anonymousreply 36805/27/2017

Question mark, R368?

by Anonymousreply 36905/28/2017

non-beverage tea (gossip)

by Anonymousreply 37005/28/2017

keep your shirt on!


by Anonymousreply 37105/28/2017

Sugar Diabetes was also said by white people in the South

by Anonymousreply 37205/28/2017

Well...Fan my Brow!

by Anonymousreply 37305/28/2017

"Spill some tea!" or "What's the tea?"

A lot of older DLers use it when they want to ask about gossip.

by Anonymousreply 37405/28/2017

"Cool your jets" when one feels pushed or rushed.

by Anonymousreply 37505/28/2017


by Anonymousreply 37605/28/2017

consarn it!


by Anonymousreply 37705/28/2017

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 Anonymousreply 37805/28/2017


by Anonymousreply 37905/28/2017

Sit On It

by Anonymousreply 38005/28/2017

Muscle Mary

Tea (other than the beverage)

Prep doesn't work!

by Anonymousreply 38105/28/2017

Can It, Tubular

by Anonymousreply 38205/28/2017

My dad, who's 94, calls cashiers "chief".

by Anonymousreply 38305/28/2017

"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 Anonymousreply 38405/28/2017

Ice box = refrigerator

Cobbler = shoe repair

by Anonymousreply 38505/28/2017

Senile = dementia or Alzheimer's.

by Anonymousreply 38605/28/2017

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 Anonymousreply 38705/28/2017

R147 I'll meetcha on the neutral ground after I make groceries at Swagmann's(sic)

by Anonymousreply 38805/28/2017

My grandma was always threatening to "clobber" me, or give me a swat on my rumpus trumpus.

by Anonymousreply 38905/28/2017

Quite frankly

by Anonymousreply 39005/28/2017

"I'll knock the daylights out of you!"

Also, "I'll knock your lights out!"

by Anonymousreply 39105/28/2017

Don't Bogart that joint.



Two (or three, or four) finger lid.

Supercharge me!

by Anonymousreply 39205/28/2017

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 Anonymousreply 39305/28/2017

'No Fats and Fems'.

by Anonymousreply 39405/28/2017

Gays are still called Queers in the South

by Anonymousreply 39505/28/2017

My husband's father called Jewish people "Israelites" until we broke him of the habit.

by Anonymousreply 39605/28/2017

"You kids skidaddle" means to go, or a nice, polite way of saying get out.

by Anonymousreply 39705/28/2017

I'll bet you dollars to donuts...

by Anonymousreply 39805/28/2017

I may not be here to see it, but this Apple Cart will be upended.

by Anonymousreply 39905/28/2017

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 Anonymousreply 40005/28/2017

My mother liked to call me the laziest white woman she ever did see.

by Anonymousreply 40105/28/2017

Did she mean the laziest she'd seen in all her put togethers?

by Anonymousreply 40205/28/2017

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 Anonymousreply 40305/28/2017

"That boy is one card shy of a full deck."

by Anonymousreply 40405/28/2017

Jump my bones!

by Anonymousreply 40505/28/2017

The living daylights.

by Anonymousreply 40605/28/2017

"He's so full of shit his eyes are brown"

by Anonymousreply 40705/28/2017


picture show

by Anonymousreply 40805/28/2017

I'm as nervous as a whore in church. Shit fire!

by Anonymousreply 40905/28/2017

As drunk as an Irish priest.

by Anonymousreply 41005/28/2017

R401: I had heard men described as world's laziest white man in my distant youth.

by Anonymousreply 41105/28/2017

Since we're in the realm of race, "free, white, and 21..."

by Anonymousreply 41205/28/2017

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 Anonymousreply 41305/28/2017

[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 Anonymousreply 41405/28/2017

Fee fi fiddle fi fuck. Fee fi fiddle fi fuck. Strummin on my ol asshole.

by Anonymousreply 41505/28/2017


by Anonymousreply 41605/28/2017

He's as worthless as tits on a boat.

Colder than a witches tit.

by Anonymousreply 41705/28/2017

You're fired!

by Anonymousreply 41805/28/2017

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!'

The interwebs

Spam mail is 'being hacked'

Useless as tits on a bull

A face like a slapped arse

by Anonymousreply 41905/28/2017

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 Anonymousreply 42005/28/2017

Trip the light fantastic.

Cut a rug.

Cut a step.

by Anonymousreply 42105/28/2017

[quote]Well, I Swan!

Well, I just won ................

by Anonymousreply 42205/28/2017

It's colder than a welldiggers ass in January.

by Anonymousreply 42305/28/2017

She could eat a corn cob thru a picket fence

by Anonymousreply 42405/28/2017

I'm constantly calling dance clubs "discos". My young twink friends find this hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 42505/28/2017

"..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 Anonymousreply 42605/28/2017

My mother used to say, "I can't hack it."

by Anonymousreply 42705/28/2017


by Anonymousreply 42805/28/2017

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 Anonymousreply 42905/28/2017

There's a distinct scatalogical thread to R429's choices.

by Anonymousreply 43005/29/2017

When surprised: "Good Night St. Agnes!"

by Anonymousreply 43105/29/2017

This White House is as crooked as a dogs hind leg.

by Anonymousreply 43205/29/2017

Upthread the "Witches tit" phrase.... here in the Northeast we always heard it as "Colder than a witches tit in a brass brassiere."

by Anonymousreply 43305/29/2017

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 Anonymousreply 43405/29/2017

[quote]"We? You got a turd in your pocket?"


by Anonymousreply 43505/29/2017

I always wondered "When did you touch a witch's tit"?

by Anonymousreply 43605/29/2017

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 Anonymousreply 43705/29/2017

[quote]I always wondered "When did you touch a witch's tit"?

Response would be: "Ask your mother."

by Anonymousreply 43805/29/2017

[quote]Exclamation from my aunt: "Judas Priest!"

My 94-year-old father used this all the place of "Jesus Christ!"

by Anonymousreply 43905/30/2017

"Stop being such a noodnik!"

by Anonymousreply 44005/30/2017

[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 Anonymousreply 44105/30/2017

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 Anonymousreply 44205/30/2017

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 Anonymousreply 44305/30/2017

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 Anonymousreply 44405/30/2017

Sometimes I lie on that settee to watch my stories....

by Anonymousreply 44505/30/2017

r445 Good morning, dear.

by Anonymousreply 44605/30/2017

Grippe referred to a serious respiratory illness...

But a 'grip' was a valise or a small piece of luggage

by Anonymousreply 44705/30/2017

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 Anonymousreply 44805/30/2017

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 Anonymousreply 44905/30/2017


by Anonymousreply 45005/30/2017

*ate their fill

by Anonymousreply 45105/30/2017

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 Anonymousreply 45205/30/2017

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 Anonymousreply 45305/30/2017

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 Anonymousreply 45405/30/2017

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 Anonymousreply 45505/30/2017

Goodness Gracious!

Oh, my word!

by Anonymousreply 45605/30/2017

Will wonders never cease!

Heavens to Murgatroyd

by Anonymousreply 45705/30/2017

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 Anonymousreply 45806/01/2017

Pop is REGIONAL, not generational.

by Anonymousreply 45906/01/2017

"Getting some Bear jaw" is Southern for having sex

by Anonymousreply 46006/01/2017

My dad calls people knuckle heads and numb sculls.

by Anonymousreply 46109/18/2017

"Jew" as a verb. "Well we can try to jew him down on the price."

by Anonymousreply 46209/18/2017

My mother alwayS said "sugar" instead of saying "shit" but only around other people. Around the house she cursed like a sailor.

by Anonymousreply 46309/18/2017

R442 He "took ill" was another one.

by Anonymousreply 46409/18/2017
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