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Aug 13, 2019 07:31:17   #
faigiezipper
 
Thanks for the memories.
 
Aug 13, 2019 07:52:12   #
kalebsgrandma (a regular here)
 
Recently I used the word jalopy when talking to my granddaughter. She said, what is a jalopy?
Aug 13, 2019 07:53:37   #
albie
 
i was born in 1944....i remember everyone of the sayings....even some of the ones that were not in our American English language....i am 1/2 French...3/4 of the last 1/2 English...the rest is American Indian....Iriquois & Blackfeet....i remember only the good times of the 50's....the rest didn't hear about until i was much older in the 60-70's and news was more important to me....registered Democrat & voted for JFK only because he was Catholic and very good looking....who knows what would of happened if he was Republican....things didn't matter to me too much back then...NOW IS ANOTHER STORY.....you could walk the country streets at 9pm and not worry....NOW i worry when my GD(10 yrs o) walks 5 min to her dance classes at 6-8pm....1 day a week....lives in a small city BUT a city none the less...it is nice to remember only the good times BUT we do eventually have to remember the bad....it goes with life such as it is.....
Aug 13, 2019 08:09:14   #
8Linda (a regular here)
 
I still wear pedal pushers, but not capris-aren't they what we used to call "high waters"?
Aug 13, 2019 08:12:01   #
jonibee (a regular here)
 
"Cool"...
Aug 13, 2019 08:15:00   #
yooperdooper (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)


You are right. I remember Nikita Kr. shaking his fist at us saying We will bury you in the early sixty's. The Korean war was not very nice in the fifties.
 
Aug 13, 2019 08:15:40   #
Roe
 
My great aunt used to say fair to middling or fine as frog hairs. When I got my first tattoo my grandmother gave me the lecture of "nice girls"
Aug 13, 2019 08:26:32   #
owlet
 
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!


The Leominster in Herefordshire in England is pronounced Lemstuh!
Aug 13, 2019 08:32:04   #
Dsynr (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)
You said a mouthful!
Aug 13, 2019 08:36:25   #
mathrox (a regular here)
 
We said 'stop and smell the roses' and 'wake up and /smell the coffee' .... but most memorable for me ....
This is long but I hope you will get a chuckle out of it...
I was a math teacher and, in 1998, for the first time, I switched from high school to middle school. 7th grade (and I surprised myself by LOVING it .... you can still 'hook' those kids).
Anyway, teaching algebraic word problems to kids who are very poor readers is a challenge, so I insisted that they learn to sketch a picture of what the problem is really telling them ....
One day, the opening brainteaser involved a train going through a tunnel (they were still innocent enough that I could get away with that) .... A mile long train, traveling 60mph, goes through a mile long tunnel. How long does it take for the train to pass completely through the tunnel?
After no one could visualize it, I took to sketching a tunnel (looked like a long igloo) and a train with an engine and cars and a caboose .... very cartoon like as I cannot really draw.
I apologized for my artwork and said 'sorry, I know my art is from hunger' .... a phrase I had heard all of my life.
One child turned to another and said 'what did she say?' And another responded .'she said she's from Hungary' (which was impressive in itself that he knew of Hungary) and a third said 'no, she said she's Hungry!'.
I had said it so glibly, not thinking about the expression at all .... but I was brought up short by realizing how many things I must have said that they couldn't understand.
There was even a technique of assertive discipline called the 'broken record technique'.
My husband is an audiophile and collected antique cylinder players, crank-'em-up' victrolas, ..... so I brought in cylinders and old records and we compared them to 78rpm records from the hi fi days, 45s with the holder to allow you to play them on an LP stick, .... open reel tapes, cassettes, 8 tracks .... they only knew cd's .... they received a history lesson about Thomas Edison .... but we talked about revolutions per minute so we got some math in.
Aug 13, 2019 08:37:15   #
mookiedlite
 
 
Aug 13, 2019 08:39:11   #
Loulame5
 
May be you couldn't find it because it is written Murgatroyd.
Aug 13, 2019 08:43:33   #
laurelarts (a regular here)
 
Love them all, they take me back to my childhood....and every now and then one of those will come out of my mouth.
Aug 13, 2019 08:53:50   #
Eichhornchen (a regular here)
 
I remember a lot of those sayings. Kids today are turning into robots. What's terrible is that some older people are behaving if they were 20. They get their bodies marked up with ink.
Aug 13, 2019 08:54:56   #
mperrone (a regular here)
 
Does anyone remember cockamamie? (I'm sure I spelled it wrong)
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