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Aug 13, 2019 05:51:30   #
NanaFran
 
Ah, but we grew up before the age of technology took over.
P.S. J-J, you were a neighbor back in the day! Leominster (pronounced Lemon-sta) is only a couple of towns over!
 
Aug 13, 2019 06:14:16   #
heidiholly54 (a regular here)
 
Lol! So many of those expressions I & my friends still use! Sure, we had our "bomb drills', etc..but now we have terrorism. Cameras in every dadgum corner watching every move we make. This to me is a whole heck of alot more annoying than when we used to crawl under our desk, and the such. I'll take that over the invasion of privacy, etc that we deal with now! Just sayin! Have a great day gang!😊
Aug 13, 2019 06:17:26   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
NanaFran wrote:
Ah, but we grew up before the age of technology took over.
P.S. J-J, you were a neighbor back in the day! Leominster (pronounced Lemon-sta) is only a couple of towns over!
I was a total outcast during my four years there. It's awful to be parachuted into a new school at age 14 in the best of times. But to have a teacher (nearing retirement) who pounces upon you because you're the first time he's had a New Yorker in his biology class ... It seems that he had been teased for his 'Boston' accent by his classmates when he was studying at Columbia University ... I guess that would have been about the time of WWI. Due to my upbringing, I never did have the thick Brooklyn accent of my cousins; my grandmother and mother saw to that! Of course, my classmates, seeing that it was OK for the teacher to tease me, kept it up. For four years.
It didn't help any that I was the only teenager who regularly went around town on a bicycle or that I was taller than everyone else in the school. Misery was my lot! Thank God for Leominster State Forest. I spent as much time roaming alone or with neighbourhood dogs through those woods in all seasons. ANYTHING was better than being at home. I didn't even mind when I got detention!

I've always pronounced it Lemon-stir; I never did pick up the habit of dropping the final 'r', nor adding it as my sister does to her daughter's name, saying Dian-er. <<shudder>>
Aug 13, 2019 06:24:11   #
HandyFamily (a regular here)
 
I would need explanations for most of them. Please?

These

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



See ya later, alligator! Okidoki.



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

are about all I can recognize.
Aug 13, 2019 06:29:46   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
HandyFamily wrote:
I would need explanations for most of them. Please?

These

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



See ya later, alligator! Okidoki.



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

are about all I can recognize.
A) I do believe you're a few decades younger than those who were born during or just after WWII.

B) They wouldn't have been anything you would hear on the street in your location.

C) That you blank on them only shows that your mind wasn't inundated by American TV programs and movies while you were a youngster. Be happy!!
Aug 13, 2019 06:30:23   #
chemknitter
 
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)


You are not strange. You just have chosen to remember different parts of the past. Most people who long for the good old days have very selective memories.
While I enjoyed the linguistic trip down memory lane, I agree with you that the fifties were not necessarily a great time.
 
Aug 13, 2019 06:40:16   #
no1girl (a regular here)
 
i was born before WW2 and we did never have TV.....................OH and I bought a TV about 1960
Aug 13, 2019 06:41:07   #
betty boivin (a regular here)
 
When my gd was little , when she left , i would always say, don't let the bed bug bites! Shes lives in calgary now, and phones me every week, when we sign off either she or i, still say that! And now i have 2 gss who live close by, and when thry leave, i say see you later allligator, they repeat it, or try to!! And i answer, in awhile crocodile!they are 5 and 2 1/2. Mygm used tocall me her little tinker, she was scottish. She used a lot of sayings from scotland, cannot remember them all. Thanks for the memories!
Aug 13, 2019 06:41:07   #
betty boivin (a regular here)
 
When my gd was little , when she left , i would always say, don't let the bed bug bites! Shes lives in calgary now, and phones me every week, when we sign off either she or i, still say that! And now i have 2 gss who live close by, and when thry leave, i say see you later allligator, they repeat it, or try to!! And i answer, in awhile crocodile!they are 5 and 2 1/2. Mygm used tocall me her little tinker, she was scottish. She used a lot of sayings from scotland, cannot remember them all. Thanks for the memories!
Aug 13, 2019 06:51:40   #
susieknitter (a regular here)
 
Being in the UK I don't remember all the sayings/words but I do remember most of them.
I must say I agree with Jessica-Jean. Looking back a lot people only seem to remember the good things never the bad. It is mainly the older people over here that want to leave the EU and their reason for wanting this is.....I want the UK to be like it was in the 50's! Nostalgia is a wonder thing but very misleading.
Aug 13, 2019 07:05:27   #
owlet
 
craftybetty wrote:
Mergatroyd! Do you remember that word? Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word Mergatroyd?


Yes, because the correct spelling is Murgatroyd. This was pointed out the first time you covered this subject.
 
Aug 13, 2019 07:06:31   #
MartyCare (a regular here)
 
Mergatroyd used to be a girl's/woman's name. I don't know how it was spelled; I couldn't even read back then. Maybe that's why you could not find it on Spell Check. A Huckleberry Hound character used that name instead of "Heavens to Betsy." I think it was Yogi Bear who said that. That was a great name for a bear, by the way. Our parents were chuckling when they overheard it. There's something to be said for children's shows that have subtle jokes that adults enjoy. Sesame Street is like that, or at least during my daughter's childhood. When B was a sponsor of the episode, the song was, "Letter B, Letter B, Letter B," to the tune of a Beatles' song "...there will be an answer, Let it be."
Aug 13, 2019 07:06:49   #
WendyMargaret (a regular here)
 
Maybe the 50s weren’t perfect but I will choose those years over what we have now.
Aug 13, 2019 07:08:43   #
MartyCare (a regular here)
 
NanaFran wrote:
Ah, but we grew up before the age of technology took over.
P.S. J-J, you were a neighbor back in the day! Leominster (pronounced Lemon-sta) is only a couple of towns over!
What a pronunciation for that town name! We can tell there is a new radio announcer in Ohio when he/she can't pronounce Cuyahoga, or Belfontaine.
Aug 13, 2019 07:24:13   #
NRoberts (a regular here)
 
The 30's and the 40's bought the 50's with tears, stamina, endurance and their lives. The 50's and early 60's were the best time to grow up for most of us.
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