Down Memory Lane; Sit Back and Enjoy. 2018 06 28.


Pat and Ernie Lane

Jean and Will Capeling.

Yesterday, 2018 06 27, at the End of Life Service for Jack Rathwell ( the Capelings, Will and Jean; and the Lanes, Pat and Ernie; both of whom shuffle in Arizona and Ontario, were at the Service, as was yours truly. Their Presence Took Me Back to 2005!!!  ENJOY!!  Jack would want you to do so!!

Want to take a break from shuffling?? Sit down with your significant other ~~ and reflect back on these terms!! We did, and had some real good laughs!! Our thanks to Will Capeling for sending this along. Will & Jean, now wintering in Arizona, are members of the Scugog Shuffleboard Club, former winter FL residents, and former winter residents of Mexico!!
Alf and Stan. 2005 02 01. (originally posted)

FENDER SKIRTS: I haven’t thought about “fender skirts” in years. When I was a kid I considered it such a funny term; made me think of a car in a dress!!
Thinking about “fender skirts” started me thinking about other words that have quietly disappeared from our language with hardly a notice.
Like “CURB FEELERS” and “STEERING KNOBS.” Since I’d been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first. Any kids reading this will have to find some elderly person over 60 to explain some of these terms to them.
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. 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 “worldwide” 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 the 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 the 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.
It’s hard to recall that this word was once said in a whisper-“divorce.” And no one is called a “divorcee” anymore. Certainly not a “gay divorcee.” Come to think of it, “confirmed bachelors” and “career girls” are long gone, too.
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-’60s 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? “Coffeemaker.” 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 their 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. Someone forwarded this to me, and I thought some of us of a “certain age” would remember most of these.

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