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Aug 12, 2019 22:55:19   #
craftybetty
 
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 had 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 , tostraighten 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!)



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



See ya later, alligator! Okidoki.



You'll notice they left out "Monkey Business"!!!



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: LIVING IN THE PEACEFUL AND COMFORTABLE TIMES, CREATED FOR US BY THE "GREATEST GENERATION!"
 
Aug 12, 2019 22:57:44   #
justinjared
 
Thank you for the trip down memory lane!
Aug 12, 2019 23:04:32   #
scottybearNSW (a regular here)
 
I remember those sayings.
Aug 12, 2019 23:10:59   #
marimont
 
I still use 'pshaw'. Also, piffle. patooie, phooey, crymony, patootie and cawabonga (Howdy Doody and Ninja Turtles).
Aug 12, 2019 23:17:23   #
MrsGreenJeans
 
OMG, those are so groovy! I remember them all!

Far-out, rad, neece (for nice), groovy, hip... and so many more we used!
Aug 12, 2019 23:19:31   #
no1girl (a regular here)
 
Everything is Copacetic down here....
 
Aug 12, 2019 23:28:20   #
manyneedles2 (a regular here)
 
I remember most of these. Still say some of them to this day. It was a great time to be a kid and young adult. Miss those days.
Aug 12, 2019 23:36:21   #
Susie2016 (a regular here)
 
"Let your fingers do the walking"

And my grandmother constantly admonished me when I did something wrong, saying: "Nice girls don't do such and such....." (There were "nice girls" in those days.)

Exit, stage left.

Only YOU can prevent forest fires.

Calling the police "the fuzz".
Aug 12, 2019 23:55:25   #
Becca (a regular here)
 
Don't put all your eggs in one basket, keep your powder dry, hunky dory; ahhh, the good ole days.
Aug 12, 2019 23:58:39   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
craftybetty wrote:
...

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: LIVING IN THE PEACEFUL AND COMFORTABLE TIMES, CREATED FOR US BY THE "GREATEST GENERATION!"
I must be strange. I found nothing at all "peaceful and comfortable" about the McCarthy Era, public service announcements on what to do in case of an atomic bomb - Duck and Cover. I wasn't feeling very comfortable during air-raid drills - crouched as small as I could make myself with a student from an older grade on all fours over me and both of us under a desk in the classroom. Creeping Communism. Spending a summer in my teens taking classes on how to survive in the basement of the house after an A-Bomb fell on NYC; I was in north central Massachusetts, Leominster to be exact. Daily newsreels (remember them?) on TV showing the 'action' in black and white in Korea, in colour in Viet-Nam. Then there was Dr. Timothy Leary and his ideas to upset what was already messed up!

Nope! The children of the fifties did not grow up in "peaceful and comfortable times", and the boys spent more time worrying about the Draft than who to take to the prom. I wouldn't go back for anything.
Aug 13, 2019 00:08:40   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
 
Jessica-Jean wrote:
I must be strange. I found nothing at all "peaceful and comfortable" about the McCarthy Era, public service announcements on what to do in case of an atomic bomb - Duck and Cover. I wasn't feeling very comfortable during air-raid drills - crouched as small as I could make myself with a student from an older grade on all fours over me and both of us under a desk in the classroom. Creeping Communism. Spending a summer in my teens taking classes on how to survive in the basement of the house after an A-Bomb fell on NYC; I was in north central Massachusetts, Leominster to be exact. Daily newsreels (remember them?) on TV showing the 'action' in black and white in Korea, in colour in Viet-Nam. Then there was Dr. Timothy Leary and his ideas to upset what was already messed up!

Nope! The children of the fifties did not grow up in "peaceful and comfortable times", and the boys spent more time worrying about the Draft than who to take to the prom. I wouldn't go back for anything.
I must be strange. I found nothing at all "pe... (show quote)
I agree.... and could add more....
 
Aug 13, 2019 00:11:43   #
tdorminey
 
Jessica-Jean wrote:
I must be strange. I found nothing at all "peaceful and comfortable" about the McCarthy Era, public service announcements on what to do in case of an atomic bomb - Duck and Cover. I wasn't feeling very comfortable during air-raid drills - crouched as small as I could make myself with a student from an older grade on all fours over me and both of us under a desk in the classroom. Creeping Communism. Spending a summer in my teens taking classes on how to survive in the basement of the house after an A-Bomb fell on NYC; I was in north central Massachusetts, Leominster to be exact. Daily newsreels (remember them?) on TV showing the 'action' in black and white in Korea, in colour in Viet-Nam. Then there was Dr. Timothy Leary and his ideas to upset what was already messed up!

Nope! The children of the fifties did not grow up in "peaceful and comfortable times", and the boys spent more time worrying about the Draft than who to take to the prom. I wouldn't go back for anything.
I must be strange. I found nothing at all "pe... (show quote)


My thoughts, and memories, exaçtly, and you said it so well.
Aug 13, 2019 00:23:11   #
bettyirene (a regular here)
 
I can't believe that most of these sayings were Universal.
Aug 13, 2019 00:28:23   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
bettyirene wrote:
I can't believe that most of these sayings were Universal.
They weren't, except in places where English is the primary language AND where US TV shows and movies were/are popular.
Aug 13, 2019 00:49:23   #
Rjkda (a regular here)
 
And, always keep a few dimes in your pocket or purse. You never know when you’ll need them for the pay phone.
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