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"Old School" words you just don't hear anymore

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by MstrPara, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. MstrPara

    MstrPara Go Loud.....

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    I couldn't sleep last night, and this popped into my mind.

    My Mom will celebrate her 80th birthday this year. Growing up, I remember she'd use words and phrases you just don't hear any more, stuff from her "generation" that didn't really transition into today's lingo. I always found it endearing, and to this day, she still cracks me up with stuff like that.

    Some examples:

    "earthy". My best friend's Dad was extremely outgoing, loud, and flirty with the ladies. He also cussed a lot, and said what was on his mind....I hero worshipped the guy. Mom used to say "That Bob, he's 'earthy'. " Cracked me up.

    "dungarees": Mom grew up in New England, and used to substitute "dungarees" for nearly any type of pants (jeans, slacks, etc). "We need to go buy you new dungarees for school"

    I've got a bunch more, but wondered if any GTers had similiar experiences with "old school" terminology?
     
  2. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Not only dungaree, you don't hear "slaaaaaaax" anymore (Slacks, as you call them). My mom used to camp out on that A. Slaaaaaaaaax.

    (Translation: In New England, Slaaaaaaacks are dress-up Dungarees.)


    Dial-in. I guess we still use it, but where did the bleeping dial go???

    UHF/VHF.

    Rare few under 50 know what Prince Albert in a can is.
     

  3. MstrPara

    MstrPara Go Loud.....

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    I forgot about the "Hi-Fi stereo".......she still uses that too!
     
  4. Jack_Pine

    Jack_Pine CLM

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    Growing up they called asphalt roads macadam roads.
     
  5. sombunya

    sombunya I Like To Watch

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    Watching movies from the 1930's you'll hear "swell" quite a bit.

    Next time I talk to my niece I'll ask her if she knows what a "gumball machine" is (she was surprised that you could play both sides of a 45 rpm record).
     
  6. gomerpyle

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    my contribution....dagnabit
     
  7. Thx-1138

    Thx-1138 NRA Member

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    Pipe tobacco. And pretty lousy stuff, at that.

    But then again, I smoke a pipe, and this one time, I was out of decent tobacco and thought I'd give it a try. Should've packed my bowl with crabcrass instead. :puking:
     
  8. robertoh

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    In our house on the Farm in the 40's and 50's lunchtime as it's called today was called "Dinner" and the evening meal that is called dinner now was "Supper" to us.
     
  9. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    It's old enough that it isn't like today's pipe tobaccos. More a cigarette type blend, IIRC

    Macadam isn't quite asphalt. Macadam is more like the road gang on Cool Hand Luke than modern asphalt/blacktop/pavement.
     
  10. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

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    Fo' shizzle.

    It was hot in the 90s, now it's gone.

    I miss ODB.
     
  11. MstrPara

    MstrPara Go Loud.....

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    My gramps smoked a pipe, can't remember the brand, but it had a clipper ship on the package.

    Every time I smell pipe smoke, I'm reminded of him
     
  12. SGT278ACR

    SGT278ACR Retired Veteran

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    I remember growing up my grandma used to call the couch or sofa a "davenport". Anyone else ever heard that?
     
  13. Mrs. VR

    Mrs. VR Sharon, you will be missed.

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    I still use "slacks" to refer to dress pants, and blouse is a nicer top.


    My kids say "turn down" the car windows instead of "roll down".

    We used "breakfront" instead of china cabinet/closet, growing up.
     
  14. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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  15. sombunya

    sombunya I Like To Watch

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    I think terms like breakfast/dinner/supper and Davenport may be more of a regional thing than age related. Just my opinion.
     
  16. smokeross

    smokeross GTDS Member #49

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    Yeah, I never figured that one out even back then. Sometimes even heard "Daveno"
     
  17. md2lgyk

    md2lgyk

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    Chiffarobe. Conelrad.
     
  18. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

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    My wife's grandad calls boots "brogans" and "clod hoppers"
     
  19. stricky

    stricky Unknown to Me

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    you look fine baby (now it is "you look hot")

    gay (meaning happy)

    jive turkey
     
  20. Zell

    Zell IrregularMember

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    I still call a real nice pair of pants "slacks". Something that goes with a "sport coat" to wear on nice occasions instead of a "suit".