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Post by LovelyLadyLux » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:33 pm

LOST WORDS FROM OUR CHILDHOOD

Mergatroyd!..Do you remember that word? Would you believe the email
spell checker did not recognize the word Mergatroyd? Heavens to
Mergatroyd!

The other day a not so elderly (65) (I say 75) lady said something to
her son about driving a Jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said
"What the heck is a Jalopy?"

OMG (new phrase)! He never heard of the word jalopy!! She knew she was
old..... but not that old. Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you
read this and chuckle.

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become
obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases
included "Don't touch that dial," "Carbon copy," "You sound like a
broken record" and "Hung out to dry."

Back in the olden days we had a lot of “moxie” We'd put on our best “bib
and tucker” to “straighten up and fly right.”

Heavens to Betsy! Gee Whillikers!

Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy moley!

We were “in like Flynn” and “living the life of Riley.” Even a regular
guy couldn't accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.
Not for all the tea in China !

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when's the last time
anything was swell?
Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats,
knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers....

AND DON'T FORGET.... Saddle Stitched Pants.

"Oh, my aching back!" "Kilroy was here," but he isn't anymore.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can
say, Well, I'll be “a monkey's uncle!” Or, This is a “fine kettle of
fish!” We discover that words we grew up with, the words that seemed
omnipresent as oxygen have vanished with scarcely a notice from our
tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind. We blink
and they're gone.

Where have all those great phrases gone?

(My Favorite) "Let's all go to the beach Saturday"..

Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it. Hey! It's your nickel Don't forget
to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! Going
like sixty. I'll see you in the funny papers. Don't take any wooden
nickels. Wake up and smell the roses.

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than
Carter has liver pills. This can be disturbing stuff! ("Carter's Little
Liver Pills" are gone too!)

We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times. For a
child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at
the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering
there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once
strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more,
except in our collective memory. It's one of the greatest advantages of
aging.

Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth...

See ya later, alligator!
Okidoki

WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE FABULOUS 50'S..NO ONE WILL EVER HAVE THAT
OPPORTUNITY AGAIN...WE WERE GIVEN ONE OF OUR MOST PRECIOUS
GIFTS:............OUR MEMORIES........



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