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Common phrases used today that describe a past thing or action

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  1. BuckyP

    BuckyP Lifetime Member

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    Just curious how many phrases we still use today, but the description more describes the thing or action of the way it used to be done. Not sure if I'm explaining this clearly.

    For example:

    Rolling down the window - describes the action of rolling the crank handle to make the window go down on the car. The majority of car windows today are push button / power.

    Dialing someone's phone number - back in the day when telephones had a big dial on it (my old dial phone I still had in the late 90s had the best clarity of any phone in the house).

    Cell Phone - short for cellular telephone, I guess to describe the technology of how they worked. Today's "Cell Phones" are digital.

    Taping a TV show - when video recorders used a VHS tape.

    Any others?
     
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    When I was a kid, I used to hear guys call their engine a mill....
     
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    Rizzo Garbage Day!

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    Dropping a dime- calling someone (when payphones were still around) when it only cost a dime to do so.
     
  4. BuckyP

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    Good one!

    Can't say I've heard that one.
     
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    Hell, I have actually used it myself....
     
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    I have too, but I've never actually gave thought to how it originated until now. :thumbsup:
     
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    In England we would "spend a penny"....

    to get into the bathroom stall.
     
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    From my old neck-of-the-woods:
    "That doesn't cut any ice", meaning an excuse for something that's bogus.
     
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    Even better.

    Think of something perfectly normal you say today that would get you locked in an insane asylum 30 years ago.

    One I had recently:

    No, I didn't miss it. I just watched the Inauguration at work on my phone.

    You did?

    Yeah I get tv on my phone.

    30 yrs ago: you whut? Are you having a stroke? You watched tv on your phone?

    Or

    I dunno, just google it. Or check bing.
     
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    Filming a movie. Spinning a platter. Taping a conversation. Wearing a wire.
     
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    How about 'cutting a record?'
     
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    I liked the way that the supermarkets (or as they call them, "shops") over there have those shopping cart corral deals at the front of the store where you have to insert a 50p coin to get one out, and to get your money back, you have to take the cart back where you got it. No shopping carts strewn over the whole parking lot, taking up parking spaces, shoved up onto the curb, etc. I always thought it was such a good idea, and wondered why it never caught on over here. :dunno:
     
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    I'm trying here... the only one I can think of is a little topical to my line of work.

    "Dropped the hammer" or more commonly "hammered it sold"...

    I buy cars at auto auctions and have for about 15 years, I have yet to see a hammer (or gavel) in the hands of an auctioneer but I hear and use that term almost daily.
     
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    My first wireless device (many) years ago was a pager.

    I find myself saying to this day - page me, or I just got a page.

    Can't seem to get with the times. I get lots of funny looks, but it's not on purpose.
     
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    They don't know ---- from Shineola.
     
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    That reminds me that USPSA range commands include "Hammer Down", even though a percentage of guns have strikers. IDPA changed it to "Pull the trigger". That's actually probably better, since newbies in USPSA shooting a DA/SA gun will use the decocker, when the process is clearly to pull the trigger to make sure the gun is empty.
     
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    I've heard the phrase, but was there ever such a thing as "Shineola"? :dunno:
     
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    Shinola was a brand of shoe polish.
    Like Kiwi, which is still around, I think.

    <--- has polished many shoes in lifetime
    <--- doesn't do it anymore; slippers don't need to gleam

    :supergrin: