Memories of the Past


Someone forwarded this to me.
> I thought some of us of a 'certain age' would remember most of these.
> Just for fun, pass it along to others
> of 'a certain age.'

I know some of you will not understand this message,
> ( or maybe just don't remember! LOL)
> but I bet you know someone who might.
> I came across this phrase yesterday.

> 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
> notice like 'curb feelers.'
> And 'steering knobs.' (AKA) 'suicide
> knob,' 'neckers knobs.'
> Since I'd been thinking of cars, my
> mind naturally went that direction first.
> Any kids will probably have to find
> some older 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.'
> Many today do not even know what a clutch is
> or that the dimmer switch used to be on the floor.
> 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 was 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.'

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???
> '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 is 'supper.'
> Now everybody says 'dinner.'

Save a great word.
> Invite someone to supper. Discuss fender skirts.

johnm405 660 & MSS&T