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    Lost Words From Our Childhood!

    A friend sent this to me and it made me smile and hope your trip down memory lane will be a good one as well!

    Lost Words from our childhood:


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

    The other day a not so elderly (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?" 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; and 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.

    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 the 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?

    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! Oki-doki

    WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE FABULOUS 50'S & 60's. NO ONE WILL EVER HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY AGAIN. WE WERE GIVEN ONE OF OUR MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS: LIVING IN THE PEACEFUL AND COMFORTABLE TIMES, CREATED FOR US BY THE "GREATEST GENERATION!"

    Okay! Whoopensocker??? Enlighten me!! It is one I do not remember hearing before this email!
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    LOL had to google , "whoopensocker"...

    That's why the Wisconsinites invented whoopensocker, which can refer to anything extraordinary of its kind—from a sweet dance move to a knee-melting kiss. 2. snirt (n.), Upper Midwest. A gem of a portmanteau, this word means exactly what it sounds like: a mixture of windblown snow and dirt. Apr 8, 2012

    Source:http://mentalfloss.com/article/30395...pt-immediately
    A term I used a few weeks ago when in a local tavern & I was talking to the owner & making fun of his beer price increase when I said to him, " I don't know how you keep the doors of this Gyp-joint(Sp?) open, the way you raise the prices of a beer so often...". He was Not amused, but he understood the term, anyway. ( He is about late 60's in age)

    That "Gyp-joint" term is one that came to my mind, when reading the OP, that I do not hear often said anymore. I 'd bet I would have more terms & sayings like those in the OP, if I think about it for a bit.

    Thanks for sharing your "find"!


    Made me smile a bit, but also a bit sad because they are fading fast from lack of use...
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    It seems that Murgatroyd has a long history as a family name in the English aristocracy
    Heavens to Betsy - Gramma used that as an exclamation, couldn't use swear words. Seems like many are like that.
    The others are silly 'coined' popular sayings with no real meaning or use. Yes wooden nickle were real, as was biting a coin to make sure it was 'genuine'. Coins were often cut, thus the quarter and half.
    Jalopy could be from the old 'rag' tops - autos tops were mostly made of cloth in the old days, joulosie - french blinds that keep out sun but not rain.
    IMHO, you got most of the ones I remember.
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    When I order anything at a speaker drive through burger 'joint' I usually end up having to go on and drive up to the window to order . I still speak archaic Texan .
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    I remember most of those sayings or at least hearing them said by one of my elders some are before my time I admit . And the last real working stand alone phone booth I've see was way up in Quebec Canada two years ago on a fishing trip. And it still actually used coins !
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    Quote Originally Posted by RU shooter View Post
    I remember most of those sayings or at least hearing them said by one of my elders some are before my time I admit . And the last real working stand alone phone booth I've see was way up in Quebec Canada two years ago on a fishing trip. And it still actually used coins !
    A bit off topic, but since ya mentioned it, there was a booth phone at the rest stop off the interstate near Morgantown, W.Va. last Summer when I was passing thru there. I had not seen one in some time & it was quite something for my 2 sons who were with me, as at 35 & 32, neither one had seen one since they were young lads at around 12 years old or less.

    And for back to the OP topic again, right now it is warmer at 10 deg. F. but earlier when the wind was blowing, folks used to say it was, "colder than a well diggers butt", or a "colder than a witches tit.".

    "Finer than a frogs hair" is another I use, but not many do or understand depending on age.

    "Tighter than Dicks hatband", was one I heard used when growing up. The reference is not necessarily talking about something used on top of ones "sconce".


    I realize that these all are a bit risque, in some folks minds, but, "Sucking hind tit", and "Worthless as tits on a boar" are some more common saying I heard long ago , but are not so common now.
    ( Not so common , not due to society etiquette , but due to folks just not familiar with such sayings & terms like long ago.)

    I should stop now, as I may be pushing the tolerance of some here with what was perfectly understood and acceptable to say & be heard by even youngsters for many folks in times past , but are not so much so now a days.

    Lastly, some folks now a days are "dumber than a pine knot", or " a box of rocks", & would not understand these terms anyhow...
    LOL


    Having fun here , but don't want to get in trouble...

    Like in the OP, "See ya later, alligator!" ( and our response was always, "After a while , Crocodile!".
    2nd Amend./U.S. Const. - "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

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    For the Fudds > "Those who appease a tiger, do so in the hope that the tiger will eat them last." -Winston Churchill.

    President Reagan tells it like it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6MwPgPK7WQ

    Phil Robertson explains the Wall: https://youtu.be/f9d1Wof7S4o

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    I still use a lot of those! Draw strange looks from many! Aahh! their loss.
    One of the biggest in my area was
    "Ja eat yet...no jew?"
    When friends came calling near supper time!
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    At work, a few years ago, I used the term "gilding the lily," to my boss to describe an unnecessary effort that would not produce any better results. He had no idea what I was talking about.

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    Dad gum it and for Pete's sake....has anyone heard of gutchies? It was a PA dutch term for underwear....tighty whities if you will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhawk0 View Post
    ...has anyone heard of gutchies? It was a PA dutch term for underwear....tighty whities if you will.

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    Many times heard that from my Dad, as in "ya got clean under-gutchies on?" to "wow, that'll make you change your under-gutchies "


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    Quote Originally Posted by WRideout View Post
    At work, a few years ago, I used the term "gilding the lily," to my boss to describe an unnecessary effort that would not produce any better results. He had no idea what I was talking about.

    Wayne
    I have heard it used. Not for a time now though.

    Around here, it is/was, "Putting lipstick on a pig", and meaning the same thing.
    2nd Amend./U.S. Const. - "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

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    For the Fudds > "Those who appease a tiger, do so in the hope that the tiger will eat them last." -Winston Churchill.

    President Reagan tells it like it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6MwPgPK7WQ

    Phil Robertson explains the Wall: https://youtu.be/f9d1Wof7S4o

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    Dumber than a post, uglier than a mud fence in a rainstorm, steeper than a cows face. Bakelite, overshoes, galoshes, "get them hands outaa yer pockets, ya playing pocket pool in there?" are all no longer in common use.
    Out of favor names? Prudence, Norman, Gaye, or Gayla, Gaylord, Horace, Maurice or Morris, are all English names not often heard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JWFilips View Post
    I still use a lot of those! Draw strange looks from many! Aahh! their loss.
    One of the biggest in my area was
    "Ja eat yet...no jew?"
    When friends came calling near supper time!
    In these parts, the old timers would follow that up with "squeet".
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBinMN View Post
    A bit off topic, but since ya mentioned it, there was a booth phone at the rest stop off the interstate near Morgantown, W.Va. last Summer when I was passing thru there. I had not seen one in some time & it was quite something for my 2 sons who were with me, as at 35 & 32, neither one had seen one since they were young lads at around 12 years old or less.

    And for back to the OP topic again, right now it is warmer at 10 deg. F. but earlier when the wind was blowing, folks used to say it was, "colder than a well diggers butt", or a "colder than a witches tit.".

    "Finer than a frogs hair" is another I use, but not many do or understand depending on age.

    "Tighter than Dicks hatband", was one I heard used when growing up. The reference is not necessarily talking about something used on top of ones "sconce".


    I realize that these all are a bit risque, in some folks minds, but, "Sucking hind tit", and "Worthless as tits on a boar" are some more common saying I heard long ago , but are not so common now.
    ( Not so common , not due to society etiquette , but due to folks just not familiar with such sayings & terms like long ago.)

    I should stop now, as I may be pushing the tolerance of some here with what was perfectly understood and acceptable to say & be heard by even youngsters for many folks in times past , but are not so much so now a days.

    Lastly, some folks now a days are "dumber than a pine knot", or " a box of rocks", & would not understand these terms anyhow...
    LOL


    Having fun here , but don't want to get in trouble...

    Like in the OP, "See ya later, alligator!" ( and our response was always, "After a while , Crocodile


    "colder than a witches tit.", I believe that may be “faster than a witches tit” per sodbusters
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