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Expressions We Don't Use Anymore

This came to mind when I was listening to "America" from "West Side Story," in which one of the characters sings, "Smoke on your pipe and put THAT in!"

Since we never hear the expression that is being mangled there ("Put that in your pipe and smoke it!"), do audiences today understand the reference?

Here's another one I haven't heard in years: "Let's run that one up the flagpole and see who salutes!"

by Anonymousreply 11907/23/2013

A coworker was talking to my very young (17) student worker. Coworker said something about "Joe Schmoe." My student said, "Oh, I don't know him--does he work in the library?"

by Anonymousreply 106/25/2013

"I'm having a conniption fit!"

by Anonymousreply 206/25/2013

I referred to my mother as having been "vaccinated with a phonograph needle". My nephew had no idea what a phonograph was or why it required a needle.

by Anonymousreply 306/25/2013

God wiling and the creek don't rise.

by Anonymousreply 406/25/2013


Though that may be (and always have been) a regional thing.

by Anonymousreply 506/25/2013

Please, thank you, excuse me.

by Anonymousreply 606/25/2013

"She took a fit."

by Anonymousreply 706/25/2013

"Dressed like a Band Box."

by Anonymousreply 806/25/2013

"The old lady took a spell."

by Anonymousreply 906/25/2013

WW for R6

by Anonymousreply 1006/25/2013

I heard someone say, "well give you a rotten cookie." It turns out to be some weirdo regionalism.

"Dipshit" was really common when I was growing up.

by Anonymousreply 1106/25/2013

"So long." I enjoyed our little visit.

by Anonymousreply 1206/25/2013

R1 is hysterical! Who uses a "library" anymore!

by Anonymousreply 1306/25/2013

"Likewise, I'm sure."

by Anonymousreply 1406/25/2013



As if.

You're getting on my last good nerve.

See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya.

Wazzup, homes?

Who peed in your Cheerios?

Whoooa, he capped on you.


Totally awesome.


by Anonymousreply 1506/25/2013

How do you do?

by Anonymousreply 1606/25/2013

Let's blow this popcorn stand

No way, Jose

Let's make like hockey players and get the puck out of here.

Let's make like lettuce and leaf

Cool it, rebo

Cool your jets

by Anonymousreply 1706/25/2013

"Are you tripping?" has become, "Am I tripping?" and "(blank) be trippin."

Are you for real?

I can't hack this

Later for you

Check yourself

by Anonymousreply 1806/25/2013

Southern female in my mid 40's here. I'm old enough to remember being told as a 6 yr old by my grandmother to "put on your petticoat", i.e.slip.

She also called her purse a 'pocketbook.'

Growing up we called the record player, the 'victrola.' (And I realize the irony of even referring to a turntable as a 'record player'.)

The other day we had a lot of former employees stop by our office out of the blue and I said, "Wow, it's Old Home Week around here." And people just gave me a blank stare.

Reading over this, i realize I come across as a 90 yr old.

by Anonymousreply 1906/25/2013

There's also a lot of movie expressions that filters through for awhile. Usually coming-of-age movies. I'm thinking of Breakfast Club as one, along with Top Gun. All the teens were infected with whatever sounded cool from movies.

by Anonymousreply 2006/25/2013


For example: hot beef injection

by Anonymousreply 2106/25/2013

I referred to my mother as having been "vaccinated with a phonograph needle".

What the fuck does that even mean??

by Anonymousreply 2206/25/2013

It'll put hair on your chest.

Whew, I'm tuckered out.

Gone the way of the Dodo Bird.

Mabel's still mooning (infatuated) over that soda jerk who made eyes at her to-day.

He looks sharp in his new duds/threads.

Let's get down to brass tacks.

Let's make hay while the sun's a-shining.

by Anonymousreply 2306/25/2013

[quote] "vaccinated with a phonograph needle". What the fuck does that even mean??

It means she talks a lot.

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by Anonymousreply 2606/25/2013

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

by Anonymousreply 2706/25/2013

How was I supposed to know we don't use that expression any more?

by Anonymousreply 2806/25/2013

"He (or she) will get his (or her) how do you do."

I never knew what that meant but people used to say it all time.

by Anonymousreply 2906/25/2013

Where's the beef?

by Anonymousreply 3006/25/2013

In a positive way: "New York"

by Anonymousreply 3106/25/2013

23-skiddoo, small change.

Boop-boop-a-doop and hotcha, baby!

Oh you kid!

That sheik was giving her the voh-doh-de-oh-doh!

Hubba, hubba!

by Anonymousreply 3206/25/2013

Since before the flood

by Anonymousreply 3306/25/2013

Ones my grandma used to use:

That's a horse of a different color.

She's no better than she needs to be.

That went over like a pickle in a punch bowl.

If ifs and buts were candies and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas.

If wishes were horses then beggars would ride.

Jiminy Christmas! (said instead of 'Jesus Christ!')

Judas Priest! (ditto)

by Anonymousreply 3406/25/2013

Eager beaver

by Anonymousreply 3506/25/2013

Lady Bird Johnson used to like to say, "If I wanted to hear from a pussy I would have queefed!" to world leaders who annoyed her, like Moshe Dayan and Charles de Gaulle. You just don't hear that much anymore.

by Anonymousreply 3606/25/2013

[quote]And I realize the irony of even referring to a turntable as a 'record player'.

Why ironic? Seems pretty straightforward to me.

by Anonymousreply 3706/25/2013

It's snowing in China.

by Anonymousreply 3806/25/2013

"Look at them broads standin' over there."

"Grandpa, it's not groovy to call them 'broads'."

by Anonymousreply 3906/25/2013

"How would I go about findin' some colored men to work at my brother's wedding y'all?"

by Anonymousreply 4006/25/2013

Ooo, ooh, oobley-oo, I and Velma ain't dumb!

Pow! Cracko-jacko!

by Anonymousreply 4106/25/2013

Calling gay men pansies or fruits.

by Anonymousreply 4206/25/2013

"gals" for "women"

by Anonymousreply 4306/26/2013

Did you catch her innuendo?!

by Anonymousreply 4406/26/2013

Godfrey Daniels!

by Anonymousreply 4506/26/2013

Pickle in a punch bowl....I want to bring that one back! Hysterical!

by Anonymousreply 4606/26/2013

Now we're cookin' with gas!

Right as rain!

Cheese and rice!

- Only I still use those. I work nights at a nursing home..

by Anonymousreply 4706/26/2013

The one on 53rd and 3rd

by Anonymousreply 4806/26/2013

"When hell freezes over."

by Anonymousreply 4906/26/2013

"Turn the rabbit ears for a better picture."

by Anonymousreply 5006/26/2013

Jumping Jehosophat!

I'll be jiggered!

Don't that beat all?

by Anonymousreply 5106/26/2013

law honey chile!

by Anonymousreply 5206/26/2013

Leaping lizards.

How do ya like them apples?

She's a scarlet woman.

I've got a train to catch.

Speaking of trains, check out that caboose.

by Anonymousreply 5306/26/2013

It's snowing down south

She has a ladder in her hose!

by Anonymousreply 5406/26/2013

Spam gravy ain't wavy

by Anonymousreply 5506/26/2013


by Anonymousreply 5606/26/2013

Pray, OP, who are "we"?

by Anonymousreply 5706/26/2013

Basehead for crackhead

Slammin' for cool



by Anonymousreply 5806/26/2013

Chilies today, hot tamale

Rings on her fingers, bells on her toes

by Anonymousreply 5906/26/2013

Lem lem lem

by Anonymousreply 6006/26/2013


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by Anonymousreply 6206/26/2013

Calling Chinese takeout "chinks."

I never did this but heard other people saying this when I was a little kid. "We're having chinks tonight."

by Anonymousreply 6306/26/2013

"S/he was treated like a skunk at a lawn party" "S/he stuck out like a turd in a punch bowl"

by Anonymousreply 6406/26/2013

The vast majority of these I still hear.

by Anonymousreply 6506/26/2013

No shit, Sherlock.

by Anonymousreply 6606/26/2013

Now you're cooking with gas!

We're loaded for bear

by Anonymousreply 6706/26/2013

That Johnny Detweiler would dip my pigtails into his inkwell.

by Anonymousreply 6806/26/2013

See ya later a while crocidile.

Will you be requiring touch tone service?

Can you lend me a dime, I need to make a call.

by Anonymousreply 6906/26/2013

"I don't know, let's look it up in the library"

"I'll write your number on the back of my hand"

"Turn the record over I want to hear the B side"

"I can't wait for the new Tom Cruise movie to come out!"

by Anonymousreply 7006/27/2013

totally rad

don't be dull

by Anonymousreply 7106/27/2013

[quote]don't be dull

Have you read the posts on DL lately?

by Anonymousreply 7206/27/2013

Ill add my ignorance. Wasn't until I saw a documentary on Jonestown a few years ago that "drink the Kool-aid" actually made sense.

by Anonymousreply 7306/27/2013

And it was actually Flavor-Aid, not Kool-Aid at Jonestown.

by Anonymousreply 7406/27/2013

"I don't recollect" for "I don't remember."

"Let me cogitate on it" for "Let me think on it."

"Commence" for "start" as in "starting an action."

"I'm in the short rows" for "I'm almost finished."

by Anonymousreply 7506/27/2013

Well...Fan my brow!!!

by Anonymousreply 7606/27/2013

"I know a doctor who's discreet, and it's after-hours."

by Anonymousreply 7706/27/2013

"There's a n-----r in the woodpile," which meant something wasn't right.

by Anonymousreply 7806/27/2013

"you make my butt want a dip of snuff"

by Anonymousreply 7906/27/2013

____ ____ ___ _____ (yada) Grover Cleveland.

All-ee all-ee (ye?) outs in free!

Fat Fat the water rat

by Anonymousreply 8006/27/2013

olly olly oxen free

by Anonymousreply 8106/27/2013

"your eyes look like two burnt holes in a bed pan"

by Anonymousreply 8206/27/2013

Free, white, and twenty-one.

by Anonymousreply 8306/27/2013

I'm a Republican!

by Anonymousreply 8406/27/2013

It's totally tubular, dude.

by Anonymousreply 8506/27/2013

I think I'll start a thread on Datalounge.

by Anonymousreply 8606/27/2013


by Anonymousreply 8706/28/2013

"Dial PLaza 5-1717."

by Anonymousreply 8806/28/2013

As cute as a bugs ear!

As snug as two bugs in a bug.

Johnny on the pump handle.

Many hands make lit work.

Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bit!

It's raining pitch forks and hammer handles! (When it's a hard rain)

The devil is beating his wife. (When it is sunny and raining)

It's colder than a witches tit!

It's cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey! And a Lady would say, "It's time to bring the brass monkey in from the park!".

I'll go out and crank the car.(Start)

I can carry you store.(Drive you)

by Anonymousreply 8906/29/2013

slap my face and call me a commie

by Anonymousreply 9006/29/2013

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me... and you won't get fooled again.

by Anonymousreply 9106/29/2013

Alec Baldwin is just misunderstood.

by Anonymousreply 9206/29/2013

He's full of baloney.

by Anonymousreply 9306/30/2013


by Anonymousreply 9406/30/2013

"that's the best thing since sliced bread" " well, shut my mouth" " a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush"

by Anonymousreply 9506/30/2013

Something is rotten in Denmark.

Three sheets to the wind.

A hint of mint

by Anonymousreply 9606/30/2013

“Like Grant took Richmond” “More than Carter has pills” "Your mother wears Army boots" “Little pitchers have big ears”

by Anonymousreply 9706/30/2013


by Anonymousreply 9806/30/2013

My mom would always tell my younger siblings, "Don't forget your rubbers!" (rainboots)

"Can you spare a fag?" (my British friend from high school was always using this expression when asking other smoker studenst for a cigarette. My joking response, "We are in the only gay high school in NYC! You have a large group to choose from!"

Then he told me what 'fag' meant in UK slang. We might share the same language, but the same words sure do have different meanings!

by Anonymousreply 9907/01/2013

"She has more Chins than a Chinese phone book."

"More rolls than a bakery."

by Anonymousreply 10007/02/2013

As If

by Anonymousreply 10107/02/2013

That is So Fetch.

by Anonymousreply 10207/02/2013


by Anonymousreply 10307/02/2013

Lehigh Valley International is the second name change. Everyone still calls it by the 1929 name, Allentown Airport.

by Anonymousreply 10407/05/2013


by Anonymousreply 10507/05/2013

[Beware of that one.] He's a real snake in the grass.

I have to take so many pills I rattle when I walk.

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by Anonymousreply 10707/06/2013

Make Like a tree and leave. Take a long walk off of a short bridge. I did find 'please and thank you' to be a good answer so thanks to whoever said it.

peace out!

by Anonymousreply 10807/08/2013

"Gay folks sure are smart"

by Anonymousreply 10907/08/2013

"What's your hurry, here's your hat."

by Anonymousreply 11007/14/2013

"Likewise, I'm sure."

by Anonymousreply 11107/14/2013

Twerk It

by Anonymousreply 11207/21/2013

You bet your sweet bippy!

by Anonymousreply 11307/21/2013

A lot of expressions are still in use but TV and movie script writers don't use them anymore so it creates the impression they're not in use.

I say things like, "that's a fer piece down the road," all the time. About half of my expressions I picked up from relatives and the other half from The Beverly Hillbillies, but I don't care because I like speaking colloquially.

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by Anonymousreply 11607/23/2013

Anyone got change for the phone?

by Anonymousreply 11707/23/2013

R104: being a geek, I call it ABE.

by Anonymousreply 11807/23/2013

"That's the way the cookie crumbles"

by Anonymousreply 11907/23/2013
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