I haven't heard in a long time and thinking about
"fender skirts" started me thinking about other words that have
disappeared from our language with hardly a notice.
Like "curb feelers” and "steering knobs."
been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that
first. Any kids will probably have to find some
elderly person over 50 to explain some of these terms to you.
"Continental kits?” They were rear bumper extenders
tire covers that were suppose d to make any car as
a Lincoln Continental.
we quit calling them "emergency brakes?" At some
point "parking brake" became the proper term. But I miss the
drama that went with "emergency brake."
sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would
accelerator the "foot feed."
you ever wait at the street for your dad to come home,
could ride the "running board" up to the house? Or
beg to ride
the “rumble seat?” That was replaced
with a “trunk,”
a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never
- "store-bought." Of course, just about everything is
these days. But once it was bragging material to
store-bought dress or a store-bought bag of candy.
"Coast to coast" is a phrase that once held all sorts of
excitement and now means almost nothing. Now we take the term
"world wide" for granted. This floors me.
On a smaller
scale, "wall-to-wall" was once a magical term in
In the '50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood
with, wow, wall-to-wall carpeting! Today, everyone
their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors. Go
the last time you heard the quaint phrase "in a family
way?" It's hard to imagine that the word "pregnant" was once
little too graphic, a little too clinical for use
company. So we had all that talk about stork visits
and "being in a family way" or simply "expecting."
"brassiere" is a word no longer in usage. I said it
day and my daughter cracked up. I guess it's just
"bra" now "Unmentionables" probably wouldn't be understood at
loved going to the "picture show," but I considered
"movie" an affectation.
of these words go back to the '50s, but here's a
word I came across the other day - "rat fink." Ooh,
a word I miss - "percolator." That was just a fun word
And what was it replaced with? "Coffee maker." How
dull. Mr. Coffee, I blame you for this.
those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound
and now sound so retro. Words like "DynaFlow" and
"Electrolux." Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with
thought - Was there a telethon that wiped out
lumbago? Nobody complains of that anymore. Maybe that's what
oil cured, because I never hear mothers threatening
castor oil anymore.
aren't gone, but are definitely on the endangered
one that grieves me most "supper." Now everybody
says "dinner." Save a great word. Invite someone to supper.
forwarded this to me. I thought some of us of a
age" would remember most of these.