View Full Version : Some reminiscing

11-29-2005, 09:59 AM
I came across this phrase in a book yesterday "FENDER SKIRTS". A term I haven't heard in a long time and thinking about "fender skirts" started me thinking about other words that quietly disappear from our language with hardly a
Like "curb feelers" and "steering knobs." Since I'd been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first. Any kids will probably have to find some elderly
person over 50 to explain some of these terms to you.
Remember "Continental kits?" They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that were supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental.
When did we quit calling them "emergency brakes?" At some point "parking brake" became the proper term. But I miss the hint of drama that went with "emergency brake."
I'm sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would call the accelerator the "foot feed."
Didn't you ever wait at the street for your daddy to come home, so you could ride the "running board" up to the house?
Here's a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never anymore - "store-bought." Of course, just about everything is store-bought these days. But once it was bragging material to have a 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 our homes. In the '50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, wow, wall-to-wall carpeting! Today, everyone replaces their wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood
floors. Go figure.
When's the last time you heard the quaint phrase "in a family way?" It's hard to imagine that the word "pregnant" was once considered a little too graphic, a little too clinical for use in polite company. So we had all that talk about stork visits and "being in a family way" or simply"expecting."
Apparently "brassiere" is a word no longer in usage. I said it the other day and my daughter cracked up. I guess it's just "bra" now "Unmentionables" probably wouldn't be understood at all.
I always loved going to the "picture show," but I considered "movie" an affectation.
Most of these words go back to the '50s, but here's a pure-'50s word I came across the other day - "rat fink." Ooh , what a nasty put-down!
Here's a word I miss - "percolator." That was just a fun word to say. And what was it replaced with? "Coffee maker." How dull. Mr. Coffee, I blame you for this.
I miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so modern and now sound so retro. Words like "DynaFlow" and "Electrolux." Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with "SpectraVision!"
Food for thought - Was there a telethon that wiped out lumbago? Nobody complains of that anymore. Maybe that's what castor oil cured, because I never hear mothers threatening kids with castor oil anymore.
Some words aren't gone, but are definitely on the endangered list. The one that grieves me most "supper." Now everybody says "dinner." Save a great word. Invite someone to supper & discuss fender skirts!

11-29-2005, 10:17 AM
My dad used to sell Electrolux vacuum cleaners door-to-door. It was a hard life.

11-29-2005, 10:55 AM
Remember the I Love Lucy episode where she was selling the vacuums door to door and she tossed the dirt ball on the carpet only to discover that the house had no power!

Man she was great!
:lol: :lol:

11-29-2005, 11:38 AM

An undergarment that supports a woman's BOSOMS shoud NEVER have the word BRASS in it!!!

BRA sounds much more wearer-friendly - even though it's NOT!! :lol:

12-01-2005, 10:02 PM
I must be an oddball...

With the exception of "fender skirts" and "Continental kits," I have heard of all the terms you use.

I have used "brassiere" and had my wife give me an odd look because she was not sure what it was...

I did not ride on the outside footboards on a car (because our cars never had them), but I have ridden in the bed of pickup trucks (and how many of you heard the term "pickup truck" lately?).

And not only do I remember the term "coast to coast" being used, I even remember the hardware store chain of the same name.

I also like and use the term "fortnight"

And what makes me and oddball? I am still a couple years shy of my 40th birthday... so I guess I am the "young whippersnapper" around here?

silver cloud
12-02-2005, 01:37 PM
At 46, I've heard a few of the terms. I still call it emergency brake and pick-up truck...though nowadays I'm afraid to think what's actually picked up in that truck! ha!

I don't remember wall to wall carpeting but I do remember the hushed tones people would use when someone was on the phone "long distance." Usually the person talking though would almost be shouting so that the person on the other line could hear them. (as if they were shouting across state lines....)

I never did speak of brassiere which sounded old-fashioned to me as a kid, but do remember rat fink mostly as those gross character adorning lunch boxes, collector cards, etc.

I remember reading MAD magazine cover to cover, listening to am radio stations - mostly knr 13 and cklw in Detroit and having a mad crush on Davy Jones. I also had a Michael Nesmith goofy hat. I remember the friday night tv line-up of Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Room 222, The Odd Couple and Love American Style.(which I thought to be pretty racy)

I was a flirt from kindergarten on (still am) and remember the spin-the-bottle days! Not to leave out "post office." Also note passing and having girlfriends ask a guy if he liked you! We didn't go "steady" but we were "going together".

That's my info....who's next???

12-02-2005, 04:22 PM
At 42, I remember: curb feelers, continental kits, emergency brakes, running boards, still say store bought, coast to coast, wall to wall, still use brassiere.

I call a refrigerator a Frigidaire, and on occasion change the channels on the tv manually.

i call the midday meal dinner, and the evening meal supper, though I think that may have something to do with growing up in the south.

Like silver cloud, i read MAD magazine, and listened to am radio until I was in college. Used to love "Love American Style".

What about regional terms and sayings. Does anybody know what a neutral ground is, or a banquette? How do you make groceries? What is a brake tag? A dash pocket?

12-03-2005, 10:34 AM
Originally posted by john225@Dec 2 2005, 06:22 PM
At 42, I remember...

As a baby boomer (at the beginning of the boom years) I remember all those terms. I even remember (as a very, very, very, very, very, very young kid) life before TV. For example, I remember "listening" to the Lone Ranger and Our Miss Brooks on the radio. How many of you even remember them on TV?

I also remember growing up with reading as an important and wonderful pastime. I don't see very much reading by young people these days. It's a shame.